An indiscriminate slaughter of Loyalists confined at the time
in the Abbaye and other French prisons. Danton gave order for this
onslaught after the capture of Verdun by the allied Prussian army. It
lasted the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of September, 1792. As many as 8,000
persons fell in this massacre, among whom was the Princess de Lamballe.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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