Lamballe had continued her duties of Superintendent of the Queen’s Household until the reign of terror began. She was then imprisoned in the La Force prison before being brought before a tribunal and told to take an oathe pledging to “love liberty and equality and to swear hatred to the King and the Queen and to the monarchy.”
Of course she wouldn’t. She was thrown into the streets where she was literally disembowled by the mob.
In a depiction of her death, she is seen fainting, so maybe that wasn’t all just fakery.
This tidy little picture really does not capture the carnage. Lamballe was supposedly raped before she was torn apart – which certainly wouldn’t have been uncommon at the time, but seems so especially awful given her aversion to the flesh.
Afterwards, the mob ripped out Lamballe’s guts and put them on one pike, and chopped off her head and put it on another. They then carried Lamballe’s head through the streets so that Marie Antoinette could see it below the window where she was imprisoned. It’s said that they stopped at a barber along the way so Lamballe’s hair could be fashioned as prettily as it had been in life – thus making her instantly recognizable. Certainly, Marie Antoinette recognized her when she saw her outside her prison window. Marie Antoinette’s daughter wrote that it was the only time she had ever seen her mother’s finesse abandon her. As they stood there, holding Lamballe’s head, the mob screamed for Marie Antoinette to now kiss Lamblle’s lips.
This is why class war scares some people.