Louis XVI

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1774 was the year when Louis XVI succeeded to the throne of absolute monarchy in France. Being a shy guy aged 20, Louis XVI proved to be a 'simple' King; rather the word would be a simple man. This simplicity caused Louis XVI towards destruction and finally he got decapitated not because of the blame he uphold as a 'treason' but because he was not a tyrant…

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Even during his life, when his subjects generally liked him and exempted him from their harsh and bitter sarcasms, Louis XVI did not know how to sell himself to his people" (Padover, 1939, p. viii)
The nation cried for a king, and it was given an image of a stout man too shy to play to the galleries. Louis XVI built no bridges between himself and his subjects, and the wonder is that he retained their affections as long as he did. Almost to the very end, Frenchmen were attached to the monarchy, but they demanded something more of the monarch than ritualised inertia. In no way, except intentions, did Louis meet the expectations of his people. This interplay of forces, as expressed by what an aroused nation wanted and a slow moving ruler did not offer.
One of the curious ironies in the career of Louis XVI is that his death came to be perhaps more important than his life. From the point of view of the Revolutionary reforms, the king's death was unnecessary because it took place after the Revolution had achieved its program; and from the point of view of French history, the decapitation of Louis XVI was a national tragedy because it tore the country from its traditional moorings and cast it into a sea of violence.
One of the major difficulties Louis XVI faced at succession was that he was a young boy devoid of any social contacts. ...
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