Both Marie Antoinette and Anne Boleyn were attacked by mobs of angry women: the mob in search of Marie sacked Versailles looking for her and (when they failed to locate the secret room she was hidden in) slashed and shredded her marriage bed with butcher knives; Anne narrowly escaped being beaten to death by a stick-wielding mob of 7,000 women.


  1. Casual T said,

    April 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Can you reference where you got that from?

    • April 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      For Anne, see Anne Boleyn by Mary Louise Bruce, p. 182.

      I don’t have a magisterial text for the Marie story, but the incident is “the fish women of Versailles”. Google gives a pile of hits for it. This one looks reputable.

  2. dixi said,

    May 1, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Not that anyone should be attacked by a mob of women, but the cases were quite different. In Ann Boleyn’s, the women were angry at Henry’s foul treatment of Katherine; their cause would seem to have some justice. In Queen Marie Antoinette’s case, the mob was a put up to the attack by those plotting the overthrow of the monarchy. The incident was part of the propaganda war being waged by the revolutionaries; there were many others, such as the systematic campaign of slander against the Queen. The real fish women presented themselves in all formality to the Queen to swear their non-involvment and to apologize for the incident. One common thing is present, the Catholic character of the two women involved. Both were in effect martyrs for the Faith.

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