- Jun 2013
All of Paris marched on Tuileries palace on August 10, 1792, to throw out the King and Queen whom the people thought were in bed with the Austrians, Prussians and emigres and traitors to the French nation. The valiant Queen Marie Antoinette wanted to repel the expected attack - to use their 900 loyal Swish guards to fight to save the monarchy. However, the timid King Louis XVI did not wish to shed French blood even to save his crown. He accepted the word of Roederer that the situation was hopeless, fled to the Assembly and no defense was made of the monarchy. Certainly, the murder of the royal commander Mandat imperiled the royal position. But what if ...Mandat had been ordered by the King to stay at his post and was not murdered on August 9 – was there any chance that if King Louis had shown the same resolve as his wife, Marie Antoinette the monarchy might have withstood the attack of August 10, 1792?