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In the 1980s, historian and author Olivier Blanc was searching through the Archives Nationales and stumbled upon several boxes containing thousands of documents that had belonged to the public prosecutor of the Paris Revolutionary Tribunal.  Among the documents were 150 letters written by prisoners condemned to death during the Reign of Terror.  These letters were written during the prisoners final hours on earth and are poignant, tangible reminders of a time that has come to be known...

In the 1980s, historian and author Olivier Blanc was searching through the Archives Nationales and stumbled upon several boxes containing thousands of documents that had belonged to the public prosecutor of the Paris Revolutionary Tribunal. Among the documents were 150 letters written by prisoners condemned to death during the Reign of Terror. These letters were written during the prisoners final hours on earth and are poignant, tangible reminders of a time that has come to be known...

The Port-Royal Abbey was an abbey in Paris from 1626 until the Revolution.  In 1793, it was turned into a prison.  One of its most famous prisoners was the lovely Madame de Tourzel, former Governess of the Children of France. ~Leah Marie Brown

The Port-Royal Abbey was an abbey in Paris from 1626 until the Revolution. In 1793, it was turned into a prison. One of its most famous prisoners was the lovely Madame de Tourzel, former Governess of the Children of France. ~Leah Marie Brown

Water Carrier, Paris, 1742, Anne Claude de Tubieres, after Edme Bouchardon, etching with some engraving

Water Carrier, Paris, 1742, Anne Claude de Tubieres, after Edme Bouchardon, etching with some engraving

Microscope, Optical elements by Claude-Siméon Passemant  (1702–1769), ca. 1750, French (Paris)  Medium: Gilt bronze, blue-green sharkskin shagreen, parchment tinted green with gold tooling, steel, brass, mahogany, mirror glass, glass.

Microscope, Optical elements by Claude-Siméon Passemant (1702–1769), ca. 1750, French (Paris) Medium: Gilt bronze, blue-green sharkskin shagreen, parchment tinted green with gold tooling, steel, brass, mahogany, mirror glass, glass.

Portraits of Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Gobel (1727-1794), Bishop of Paris in 1792-93, and Pierre-Gaspard Chaumette (1763-1794), Procurator of the Commune in 1792, sketched on the way to the guillotine, April 12, 1794, by Dominique Vivant Denon

Portraits of Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Gobel (1727-1794), Bishop of Paris in 1792-93, and Pierre-Gaspard Chaumette (1763-1794), Procurator of the Commune in 1792, sketched on the way to the guillotine, April 12, 1794, by Dominique Vivant Denon

Head of King David, ca. 1145. "During the French Revolution all of the monumental Old Testament kings decorating the portals of the famed cathedral of Notre Dame of Paris were decapitated and presumably destroyed, as it was thought at the time they represented the ancient rulers of France. Until recently, this extraordinary head of King David was the only known surviving head from this rich decorative program."

Head of King David, ca. 1145. "During the French Revolution all of the monumental Old Testament kings decorating the portals of the famed cathedral of Notre Dame of Paris were decapitated and presumably destroyed, as it was thought at the time they represented the ancient rulers of France. Until recently, this extraordinary head of King David was the only known surviving head from this rich decorative program."

The Lost Steps Room of the Palais de Justice and the Entrance of the Revolutionary Tribunal in 1793, after a painting by Louis-Léopold Boilly. Date 19th century. G. Lenotre, Paris révolutionnaire, Paris, Firmin-Didot, 1895.

The Lost Steps Room of the Palais de Justice and the Entrance of the Revolutionary Tribunal in 1793, after a painting by Louis-Léopold Boilly. Date 19th century. G. Lenotre, Paris révolutionnaire, Paris, Firmin-Didot, 1895.

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