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1808: The Executions of the Third of May

6 comments May 3rd, 2008 Headsman

Two centuries ago today, Napoleon’s troops executed hundreds of prisoners taken during a quashed uprising against them in Madrid.

The carnage gives posterity an 1814 Goya masterpiece. (And this blog’s frontispiece.)

More reading: Napoleon’s Cursed War, by Ronald Fraser.

On this day..

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