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This is a part of Madame Royale’s memoire on her father, Louis XVI, during a severe imprisonment.  It starts from the 3rd paragraph on the page five of  the book “Madame Royale” by Ernest Daudet.  Original English text with Japanese translation.

Ernest Daudet著「マダム・ロワイヤル」5ページ第3段落から、王女の手記からルイ16世の最後の日々が書かれた部分です。英語の原文と和訳です。


The royal family was immured in the Temple on Monday the 13th August, 1792, at seven o’clock in the evening.  The prisoners were the King, the Queen, Louis XVI’s sister Madame Elisabeth, Madame Royale, and her little brother, the unfortunate child of seven who was soon, for a very brief space, to be Louis XVII.


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The princess was not released from prison until December 1795.  She was then the sole survivor of all these royal prisoners.  Her father, her mother, and her aunt had all died upon the scaffold: her brother, too, was dead.  Of the sinister events that orphaned her she knew nothing, save that the King had been executed.  This she had learnt on the evening of the fatal day from the cries of the hawkers – or newsvendors, as we should call them now – who were selling, under the very windows of the Temple, the printed report of the judicial murder that had taken place that day.  But with regard to her mother and aunt she had been left in total ignorance, and it was not till her brother had been dead for several days that she was told of her threefold loss.

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She herself tells the story in her count of her imprisonment, which she wrote in October 1759, a few weeks before her release.  It is an almost daily narrative of her cruel experiences.


First she describes her father’s trial before the Convention, the sentence pronounced against him, the last heart-breaking farewells, and finally his execution.  After recalling all the details of this tragedy, all that she saw with her own eyes, and all that was told to her, she adds:


“Such was the life of the King, my father, during a severe imprisonment.  Piety, magnanimity, firmness, gentleness, courage, kindness, parent endurance of the most horrible calumnies, whole-hearted forgiveness of his assassins, and the most profound love for God, his family, and his people – these and these only were the qualities he showed until he breathed his last, and went to receive his reward for them in the bosom of an almighty and pitiful God.”