“I am sure that they will make me die. They have the power and the will to do so. But that makes no difference. Let us prepare my case as if I could win it, and I will in effect have won, because I will leave behind me an unstained memory.”

–Louis XVI, to his defenders (lawyers) for his trial 

 

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This image is an engraving called King Louis XVI Meets with De Malesherbes, by H. de la Charlevie.

 

This scene depicts Louis XVI (1754-93) consulting with his lawyer (Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, 1721-94) in preparation for his defence.

 

* I spoke earlier about Louis & his three defence lawyers here and here.  Remember, these three men stepped forward to represent Louis, a man “suspended beneath the blade of the law”.  Yes, this was a capital case. Louis was facing the death penalty.

 

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