On 10th August, 1792, a rampaging Parisian mob stormed the Tuileries, where Louis XVI, his wife and children were lodged.
The king and his family took refuge in the neighbouring National Assembly.
The Swiss Guards, the king’s loyal bodyguards, tried to defend the Tuileries against the mob. After fierce fighting, they were ordered by the king to lay down their arms to avoid further bloodshed.
The king’s order was effectively the death sentence for the Swiss Guards, as most of the 950 were slaughtered at the Tuileries.
You can read more about the horror of the French Revolution and the lives and deaths of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, in The Valley of Heaven and Hell – cycling in the shadow of Marie-Antoinette, available in paperback and Kindle.