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The Guillotine

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★ The guillotine was designed by Dr Joseph Guillotin ,a man interested in the Arts and a professor of literature who later studied medicine.

★ Dr Gillotin had no idea that the gruesome device would come to be known as "The Guillotine".

★ In time, the association with the machine of death embarrassed Dr. Guillotin's family that they begged the government to rename it.

★ When the government refused, they changed their family name.

★ The guillotine quickly became a symbol of tyranny during the French Revolution.

☠ Total weight of a Guillotine was about 580 kilos .
☠ The blade weighed over 40 kilos .
☠ The first to be executed by the Guillotine was a highwayman, Jacques Nicolas Pelletier.
☠ King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were its most famous victims.

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