On 10 September 1898, in Geneva, Switzerland,
Elisabeth of Bavaria, aged 60, was stabbed
anarchist named Luigi Lucheni,
in the heart with a sharpened file by a young mentally ill
in an act of "propaganda of the deed".
When attacked, she had been walking along the promenade of Lake
Geneva about to board
the steamship Genève for Montreux with her lady-of-courtesy,
Countess Sztaray. She boarded
the ship, unaware of the severity of her condition. Bleeding to
death from a puncture wound
to the heart, Elisabeth said, "What happened to me?"
The strong pressure from her corset
had contained the bleeding until the garment was removed.
An artist's rendition of Lucheni's stabbing of
Elisabeth of Bavaria.