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Damiensʹ Bed of Steel

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R. F. Damiens, in 1757, attempted the life of Louis XV. He was taken to the Conciergerie; an iron bed, which likewise served as a chair, was prepared for him, and to this he was fastened with chains. He was then tortured, and ultimately torn to pieces by wild horses. (Smollet: History of England, v. 12, p. 39.)        

“The uplifted axe, the agonising wheel,

Luke’s iron crown, and Damiensʹ bed of steel.”

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Goldsmith: The Traxeller (1768).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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