Profile of the Day: Louis XVI
On January 21, 1793, King Louis XVI of France was executed for treason by guillotine. Louis XVI ascended to the throne in 1774, and was the last Bourbon King of France. Scientists recently discovered an old gourd believed to contain the blood of Louis XVI. Written on the gourd were the words “On January 21, Maximilien Bourdaloue dipped his handkerchief in the blood of Louis XVI after his decapitation”. Apparently, after his execution, spectators dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood for a souvenir.
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