The guillotine. Presentation at the Pepoli Museum
The guillotine. Presentation at the Pepoli Museum
The guillotine. Presentation at the Pepoli Museum

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THE GUILLOTINE. PRESENTATION AT THE PEPOLI MUSEUM


The guillotine. Presentation at the Pepoli Museum

 

Written by Luca Sciacchitano -

From: 17/03/2023 - To: 17/03/2023
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A ceremony will be held on March 17 at the Pepoli Museum in Trapani for the presentation of the new illustrative panels of the guillotine, an example of the Bourbon era, kept on the ground floor of the museum, which was an instrument of death for the condemned Trapani citizens active from 1822 to 1864 after carrying out 24 capital sentences.

Compared to the French guillotine, the one that operated in our area was more terrible, because it had a lower blade so that the condemned did not die immediately but after atrocious suffering.

The guillotine has always been considered an instrument of death which on the one hand instilled fear on the other a certain fascination, because those who have studied the French Revolution, the guillotine was a device that came into operation for the first time on the occasion of the beheading of those convicted during the period of Terror which in France lasted until 1794, beheading illustrious historical figures such as Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.

However contrary one might think in highly civilized France, it was used until 1977, the year in which the last execution was carried out, but we have to wait until 1981, when that country finally decided to abolish the death penalty.

That of Friday 17 March will be a simple and suggestive ceremony, in which Pietro Barbera and Salvatore Mugno will take part, who will read some passages taken from his book "The executioners of Sicily", an interesting analysis on the so-called executioners, i.e. people who for work carried out the death sentences.

These were practically people who were recruited on the basis of very specific regulations. Furthermore, the book offers the reader an insight into their standard of living, the clothes they wore, the family context where they lived and the hardships and remorse that some of them perhaps felt when they triggered the blade that would descend to cut off the head of the sentenced to death.

Admission is free.

(Texts Giuseppe Puglia)

 

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