Charlotte Corday

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Corday by Jean-Jacques Hauer

Charlotte Corday (Marie-Anne Charlotte de Corday d'Armont, 27 July 1768 – 17 July 1793), was a figure of the French Revolution. In 1793, she was sent to the guillotine for the assassination of Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat. Marat was in part responsible for the more radical course the Revolution had taken. He played a substantial role in the political purge of the Girondins. Corday sympathized with the Girondins. In 1847, writer Alphonse de Lamartine gave Corday the posthumous nickname l'ange de l'assassinat (the Angel of Assassination).