177 Galerie de Valois, Le Palais Royal, 1er

177 Galerie de Valois, Le Palais Royal, 1er

During the Revolution, Charlotte Corday, a well brought up girl from Caen, decided that the Revolution had gone too far, as evidenced by the execution of King Louis XVI and the overthrow of the Girondins in the National Convention. She felt that Jean-Paul Marat, a radical journalist and leader of the Paris Commune and Jacobin Party, was to blame. On July 13, 1793, she obtained a meeting with Marat because she had “information to give him.” During the meeting, which took place in his bathroom while he was bathing, she stabbed him to death using a knife bought at the cutlery establishment that once occupied 177 Galerie de Valois in the Palais Royal. She was guillotined on July 17.