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Marie-Antoinette, born in Austria in 1755, at the age of 14 was married to the 15 year old Dauphin of France, the future Louis XVI. In January 1793, Louis was tried and executed. Nine months later, Marie-Antoinette was also tried and executed. This account compares the fairness of their separate trials. Louis received the fairer trial, even fairer than that of the English king, Charles I, a century earlier, whose trial is briefly outlined at the end of this account. At least in the trial of Louis, there was an attempt to pursue the rule of law, assisted by the distinguished role of his three defence counsel. The two defence counsel of Marie-Antoinette also deserve to be remembered for their role.

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