Improvised Tribunal during the September Massacres

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Illustration

Harrison W. Mark
by Unknown Artist
published on 23 September 2022

The image depicts one of the many improvised tribunals set up by sans-culottes to condemn prisoners to death during the September Massacres of 1792. This illustration specifically shows the trial of Jourgniac de Saint-Méard, a soldier who was incarcerated in the prison of Abbaye at the time of the massacres. He managed to talk his way out of being killed and was able to write a memoir, entitled "Thirty-Eight Hours of Agony", which became famous throughout Europe and sold over 200,000 copies. This image is accompanied by a German caption which reads, "last crisis of my fear of death", as de Saint-Méard's acquittal at this makeshift trial ensured his liberty after the thirty-eight hours in which his life hung in the balance. The image is by an anonymous author, c. 1793.

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APA Style

Artist, U. (2022, September 23). Improvised Tribunal during the September Massacres. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/16423/improvised-tribunal-during-the-september-massacres/

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Artist, Unknown. "Improvised Tribunal during the September Massacres." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified September 23, 2022. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/16423/improvised-tribunal-during-the-september-massacres/.

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Artist, Unknown. "Improvised Tribunal during the September Massacres." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 23 Sep 2022. Web. 03 Feb 2023.

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