Robert-Francois Damiens attempts to assassinate Louis XV

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Historical Context Note

Robert-Francois Damiens attempts to assassinate Louis XV, stabbing him with a knife as the King enters his carriage. He is captured, tortured and executed, the last man in France to suffer the punishment of being drawn and quartered.
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Editors. "Robert-Francois Damiens attempts to assassinate Louis XV". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
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