The Guillotine: facts and relevance during the French Revolution

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The Guillotine: facts and relevance during the French Revolution

Post  CicelyS on Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:32 pm

The Guillotine was invented by Antoine Louis and Tobias Schmidt. It is a execution device that is meant to be painless. It's essentially a blade held in the air by a wooden structure and when the rope holding it up is let go, the blade falls down quickly over the victims neck, slicing off their head. This device was invented in the late 18th century. Most think a man called Guillotine invented the device, yet he was just the man who popularised it. He basically spread the use of it, saying that is was a human method of execution. The first person killed by this machine was executed in 1792. People estimate the number of people killed by this device in the French Revolution was 20,000 to 40,000. Although many people associate the Guillotine with the French, it was actually used by the British long before.
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Post  Mira W. on Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:39 pm

I wonder if it really is painless... I suppose since your spine breaks and all your nerves are severed you don't feel anything, but then again, maybe the head lived on for a few extra seconds in unbearable pain?

People were executed using the guillotine every day. During the Reign of Terror, it is estimated that around 800 people were killed each month. That meant about 27 people a day (more than one an hour)! Robespierre forced everyone to come and watch, for if you didn't you were suspected to be against his new regime, which meant death for you and your family. Many times, the parents were forced to watch as their children were executed before they themselves were. This lead to people often committing suicide. How could a nation become so lost in torture and hate? They fought tooth and nail so the old system didn't return -- a system where the third estate was cruelly oppressed and torture was a common form of punishment -- using what they were trying to abolish in the first place. That seems to defy the purpose... sort of like fighting for peace.
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Post  Vasilisa on Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:22 am

I think that it isn't painful since the blade is heavy enough for it to go fast, so the person doesn't even realizes it.

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Post  Joshua T on Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:43 pm

It is said to be that the Guillotine was not painful. Well... Its not like anybody could be able to tell you. Anyone that could tell you would be dead. Very Happy

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Post  Romane D. on Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:42 pm

Everyone believed that it was the best way to die since it seems to be painless. It was the best way for them to meet with God. Everyone who spoke against the King had to be executed with the guillotine. Everything changed during the Revolution because it was at that time when it was anyone who was against the revolution that had to get killed. Many people were killed with the guillotine, it is incredible and in a way very cruel. When the king was executed it was like a spectacle. Good job Cicely! tongue
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