Francoise-Thérèse, the Princesse de Monaco, was born a Frenchwoman in 1767. She had the misfortune of being in the country during the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution, and was arrested and promptly condemned to death in 1794.
While awaiting execution she falsely declared herself to be pregnant in order to secure a short reprieve. During this time she cut her own hair and sent the locks along with a letter to her two young daughters. She then announced to her jailers that she was in fact not with child, but had lied in order to arrange for the only legacy she had left for her children (her hair) to be untouched by the executioner.
She was beheaded the following day along with forty-six others on 9 Thermidor, which was the day before Robespierre's Tribunal was overthrown. She was among the last group of people to be sent to the guillotine during the Reign of Terror.
ABOUT THE DOLL
Francoise-Thérèse is a vinyl doll that stands approx. 10" tall and is dressed in a gorgeous blue-magenta silk gown trimmed with white lace. A satin vine of roses encircles her waist and a wide cord lace trims the top of her bodice. A long matching train runs down the back of her gown.
She carries her cloudy-eyed severed head in her right hand, attached by a strand of faux pearls.. She has a matching headdress that is adorned with colorful feathers.