King of France
of his execution
French Revolution Posters
XVI is one of the noted figures in history, but not for the right
fate - to be executed on the guillotine
during the French Revolution - earned his
place in books of learning, but other than that his 19-year reign
was largely forgettable.
XVI took power in 1774 after the death of his grandfather Louis
time in power was marked by wavering policies and domination by
his Austrian wife, Marie-Antoinette.
economic state was parlous, almost bankrupted by the backing of
the American rebels in their War of Independence against Britain.
the revolutionaries brought him to trial on charges of treason,
Louis refused to answer the court and was sentenced to death. He
was guillotined on 21 January 1793.
a bad man, Louis was just a weak one.