After 1778, Great Britain switched its focus to the West Indies, as defending the sugar islands was considered more important than trying to recover the thirteen colonies. It also led to the temporary suspension of the king’s powers by the Legislative Assembly and the proclamation of the First French Republic on September 21. "Dictionary of World Biography". According to Madame Campan, Marie Antoinette's lady-in-waiting, the queen also suffered two miscarriages. Louis XVI, 1754–93, king of France (1774–92), third son of the dauphin (Louis) ... and their attempted flight was considered proof of their treasonable dealings with foreign powers. This would not have been possible if he had undergone a circumcision; at the very least, he would have been unable to ride to the hunt for a few weeks afterwards. With the convocation of the Estates-General, as in many other instances during his reign, Louis XVI placed his reputation and public image in the hands of those who were perhaps not as sensitive to the desires of the French population as he was. As a result, the Revolution was opposed by many of the rural people of France and by all the governments of France's neighbors. On 26 December, his counsel, Raymond Desèze, delivered Louis's response to the charges, with the assistance of François Tronchet and Malesherbes. Louis implemented deregulation of the grain market, advocated by his economic liberal minister Turgot, but it resulted in an increase in bread prices. In June of 1791, Louis and his family attempted to escape France, but failed. Louis was officially arrested on 13 August 1792 and sent to the Temple, an ancient fortress in Paris that was used as a prison. The last thing Louis said to him was that he needed to control his tears because all eyes would be upon him. The French Revolution 19 ; Question 15. [28] Spain and the Netherlands soon joined the French in an anti-British coalition. In 1785, he appointed La Pérouse to lead a sailing expedition around the world. His mother never recovered from the loss of her husband and died on 13 March 1767, also from tuberculosis. Preview this quiz on Quizizz. The refusal of a specially summoned Assembly of Notables to approve these measures, and the opposition of the parlements, forced the king in July 1788 to summon the Estates-General—the representatives of the clergy, nobility, and commoners—for the following year and thus set in motion the Revolution. The actions of Louis XIV effected the economy of France in a multitude of ways. He was guillotined on January 21, 1793. The soldiers fled at the first sign of battle and, in one case, on 28 April 1792, murdered their general, Irish-born comte Théobald de Dillon, whom they accused of treason.[49]. The radicals were vicious and dictatorial; their days in power, known as the Reign of Terror, were a long, protracted effort to remake society from the ground up. Born on September 5, 1638, to King Louis XIII of France (1601-1643) and his Habsburg queen, Anne of Austria (1601-1666), the future Louis XIV was his parents’ first child after 23 years of marriage; in recognition of this apparent miracle, he was christened Louis-Dieudonné, meaning “gift of God.” A younger brother, Philippe (1640-1701), followed two years later. Malesherbes wanted to break the news to Louis and bitterly lamented the verdict, but Louis told him he would see him again in a happier life and he would regret leaving a friend like Malesherbes behind. In late June 1791, Louis XVI and his family attempted to escape to the Austrian border, where they were supposed to meet the Austrian army and arrange an attack on the revolutionaries. Louis XVI had two sons who posed as blocks to Louis XVIII’s royal ambition. [65] In 1820, however, a memorandum of the Congregation of Rites in Rome, declaring the impossibility of proving that Louis had been executed for religious rather than political reasons, put an end to hopes of canonization. How did colonists react? ———— Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were guillotined on January 21 and October 16, 1793. Louis XVI's attempts to control it resulted in the Tennis Court Oath (serment du jeu de paume), on 20 June, the declaration of the National Constituent Assembly on 9 July, and eventually to the storming of the Bastille on 14 July, which started the French Revolution. Louis and both his wife didn't seem to care about governing. The French did not want the Bourbons to ape this. Yet he made still more mistakes, refusing to follow the secret advice tendered to him after May 1790 by the comte de Mirabeau, abdicating his responsibilities, and acquiescing in a disastrous attempt to escape from the capital to the eastern frontier on June 21, 1791. His mother was Marie-Josèphe of Saxony, the daughter of Frederick Augustus II of Saxony, Prince-Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. However, Louis signed certain documents and permits with his own signature and the person reading them picked up on this fact (As well as supposedly comparing his face to a coin) and called the guards. Worried about his family safety and dismayed by the direction the Revolution was taking, King Louis XVI decided to flee with his family from Paris to the Austrian border in June 1791. Louis is recorded as having asked, on the morning of his execution, "Any news of La Pérouse?". Louis xiv maintained his authority by saying his power came from God, he also distracted the nobles of France with courtlife: parties, chatting, hunting, and even sex. It was taken by many to be the final proof of collusion between the king and foreign powers in a conspiracy against his own country. His wife, Marie-Antoinette, was guillotined nine months later, and their son Louis (XVII) died at the age of 10 while imprisoned by the Revolutionary government. In October, Louis and his family were forced by the mob to return to Paris from their palace at Versailles. The outbreak of the war with Austria in April 1792, the suspected machinations of the queen’s “Austrian committee,” and the publication of the manifesto by the Austrian commander, the duke of Brunswick, threatening the destruction of Paris if the safety of the royal family were again endangered, led to the capture of the Tuileries by the people of Paris and provincial militia on August 10, 1792. One suggestion is that Louis-Auguste suffered from a physiological dysfunction,[14] most often thought to be phimosis, a suggestion first made in late 1772 by the royal doctors. As a consequence, Bussy moved his troops to the Isle de France (now Mauritius) and later contributed to the French effort in India in 1783. Marie Antoinette suffered a second miscarriage on the night of 2–3 November 1783. [51] Second, in November 1792, the armoire de fer (iron chest) incident took place at the Tuileries Palace, when the existence of the hidden safe in the king's bedroom containing compromising documents and correspondence, was revealed by François Gamain, the Versailles locksmith who had installed it. The constitution amended Louis XVI’s title from “King of France” to “King of the French”. Professor of Modern History, Victoria University of Manchester, 1953–69. Louis was forced to accept the constitution of 1791, which limited his power, but preserved the royal veto and his power to appoint ministers. The French Revolution was a period in the history of France covering the years 1789 to 1799, in which republicans overthrew the Bourbon monarchy and the Roman Catholic Church in France perforce underwent radical restructuring. [citation needed], While Louis's blood dripped to the ground, several onlookers ran forward to dip their handkerchiefs in it. the military. He brought the French monarchy to its peak of absolute power and made France the dominant power in Europe. He became the king at the age of 20, after the death of his grandfather Louis XV. [52] The resulting scandal served to discredit the king. France and Spain planned to invade the British Isles themselves with the Armada of 1779, but the operation never went ahead. why. [7], On 16 May 1770, at the age of fifteen, Louis-Auguste married the fourteen-year-old Habsburg Archduchess Maria Antonia (better known by the French form of her name, Marie Antoinette), his second cousin once removed and the youngest daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and his wife, the Empress Maria Theresa. May 10th: The death of King Louis XV. He had an enormous responsibility, as the government was deeply in debt, and resentment of despotic monarchy was on the rise. Louis XIV, king of France (1643–1715) who ruled his country during one of its most brilliant periods and who remains the symbol of absolute monarchy of the classical age. How did Louis XVI react when his powers were limited? This Constitution of 1791 created a limited/constitutional monarchy in France. Contrary to its intended purpose of strengthening Louis XVI's position against the revolutionaries, the Brunswick Manifesto had the opposite effect of greatly undermining his already highly tenuous position. Increasing tensions and violence were marked by events such as the storming of the Bastille, during which riots in Paris forced Louis to definitively recognize the legislative authority of the National Assembly. Junior Varsity at Versailles. Early in 1778 he signed a formal Treaty of Alliance, and later that year France went to war with Britain. Jean-François Balmer portrayed him in the 1989 two-part miniseries La Révolution française. They felt betrayed, and as a result, Republicanism now burst out of the coffee houses and became a dominating philosophy of the rapidly radicalized French Revolution.[48]. [citation needed] The Madeleine cemetery was closed in 1794. Louis was then tried by the National Convention (self-instituted as a tribunal for the occasion), found guilty of high treason, and executed by guillotine on 21 January 1793, as a desacralized French citizen under the name of Citizen Louis Capet, in reference to Hugh Capet, the founder of the Capetian dynasty – which the revolutionaries interpreted as Louis's surname. Before the He had family ties to Louis XVI, and he was obliged, as chief of the Holy Roman Empire, to protect the border princes. [4], When his father died of tuberculosis on 20 December 1765, the eleven-year-old Louis-Auguste became the new Dauphin. Viewed suspiciously as traitors, they were placed under tight house arrest upon their return to the Tuileries. Louis's doctors were not in favour of the surgery – the operation was delicate and traumatic, and capable of doing "as much harm as good" to an adult male. The French expeditionary force arrived in North America in July 1780. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. He and the royal family remained virtual prisoners in the Tuileries, a royal and imperial palace in Paris that served as the residence of most French monarchs. [51], On 11 December, among crowded and silent streets, the deposed king was brought from the Temple to stand before the convention and hear his indictment, an accusation of high treason and crimes against the State. Learn how and when to remove this template message, Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of 1789, French involvement in the Seven Years' War, Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick. Several portrayals have upheld the image of a bumbling, almost foolish king, such as that by Jacques Morel in the 1956 French film Marie-Antoinette reine de France and that by Terence Budd in the Lady Oscar live action film. His younger brothers would succeed him as Louis XVIII and Charles X. Second, the royal treasury was financially destitute to a crippling degree, leaving it incapable of sustaining its own imposed reforms. [20] Louis was frequently declared to be perfectly capable of sexual intercourse, as confirmed by Joseph II, and during the time he was supposed to have had the operation, he went out hunting almost every day, according to his journal. [6] His instructors may have also had a good hand in shaping Louis-Auguste into the indecisive king that he became. He allowed himself to be persuaded that royal dignity required him to avoid communication with the deputies assembled at Versailles, and he made no attempt to lay out a program that might have attracted their support. What did Louis still have the power to do during this limited monarchy? Louis-Philippe d'Orléans was born on October 6, 1773, in Paris, France. After the sudden death of Mirabeau, Maximilien Radix de Sainte-Foix, a noted financier, took his place. Hereditary monarch Louis XVI and his wife were sentenced to death Robespierre was elected President of the National Convention. Louis appears in the children's book Ben and Me by Robert Lawson but does not appear in the 1953 animated short film based on the same book. The term ‘Old Regime' is usually used to describe (a) France before 1000 B.C. However, the Revolution had thoroughly disorganised the army, and the forces raised were insufficient for the invasion. Louis XVI was the king of France from May 1774 until his execution in January 1793. they tired to escape. Louis had appointed Breteuil to act as plenipotentiary, dealing with other foreign heads of state in an attempt to bring about a counter-revolution. King Louis XVI reluctantly accepted the Constitution of 1791 in September of the same year, after very long negotiations. When Louis XVI acceded to the throne in 1774, he was nineteen years old. He had an enormous responsibility, as the government was deeply in debt, and resentment of despotic monarchy was on the rise. Louis nevertheless possessed an excellent memory, acquired a sound knowledge of Latin and English, and took an interest in history and geography. In many ways, the former king's trial represented the trial of the monarchy by the revolution. 2. After the death of his nephew in prison, he proclaimed himself to be the emperor of France in 1795. This degree of planning reveals Louis's political determination, but it was for this determined plot that he was eventually convicted of high treason. France gained little from the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended the war, except the colonies of Tobago and Senegal. France in the Seventeenth Century was dominated by its kings; Henry IV, Louis XIII and Louis XIV. The birth of two sons to Louis XVI, however, temporarily put a stop to his royal ambitions. [34][35], France also intervened in Cochinchina following Mgr Pigneau de Béhaine's intervention to obtain military aid. The Girondins were partial to keeping the deposed king under arrest, both as a hostage and a guarantee for the future. Napoleon's downfall began in 1812, when he decided to ... ceding some of Louis XVI's powers to the king of Austria. He and the royal family remained virtual prisoners in the Tuileries, a royal and imperial palace in Paris that served as the residence of most French monarchs. For the next two years, the palace remained the official residence of the king. From the autumn of 1791 the king tied his hopes of political salvation to the dubious prospects of foreign intervention. On October 5, 1778, the women infiltrated the palace at dawn and made an attempt on Marie Antoinette’s life. Publicly, however, he appeared ready to accept his new role as constitutional monarch, and gestures such as his visit to Paris after the storming of the Bastille led to an upsurge in his popularity; in early August 1789 the National Assembly proclaimed him the “restorer of French liberty.”. (a) 2 January, 1775 (b) 10 March, 1780 (c) 5 May, 178 (d) 14 July, 1789 (c) 5 May, 178. Louis XVI approved French military support for the American colonies in their successful struggle against the British, but the expense nearly bankrupted the country. In Marie Antoinette (1938), he was played by Robert Morley. Louis's reaction to the Revolution After 1789 Louis XVI's incapacity to rule, his irresolution, and his surrender to reactionary influences at court were partially responsible for the failure to establish in France the forms of a limited constitutional monarchy. Louis XVI's time in his previous palace came to an end on 5 October 1789, when an angry mob of Parisian working men and women was incited by revolutionaries and marched on the Palace of Versailles, where the royal family lived. Abbé Berthier, his instructor, taught him that timidity was a value in strong monarchs, and Abbé Soldini, his confessor, instructed him not to let people read his mind. Louis XVI, The Silent King. The legal background of many of the deputies made it difficult for a great number of them to accept an execution without the due process of law, and it was voted that the deposed monarch be tried before the National Convention, the organ that housed the representatives of the sovereign people. Although Louis was his father’s third son, he was the eldest male child to survive to adulthood. He levied taxes and spent He was involved in numerous wars throughout his reign. One questioned, "Can the King do it? Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. The duke then issued on 25 July a proclamation called the Brunswick Manifesto, written by Louis's émigré cousin, the Prince de Condé, declaring the intent of the Austrians and Prussians to restore the king to his full powers and to treat any person or town who opposed them as rebels to be condemned to death by martial law. [46] In a wider perspective, the failure was attributable to the king's indecision—he repeatedly postponed the schedule, allowing for smaller problems to become severe. The Seven Years War was a stain in the glory of the kingdom and military reforms were also needed. In addition to the ideological differences between France and the monarchical powers of Europe, there were continuing disputes over the status of Austrian estates in Alsace, and the concern of members of the National Constituent Assembly about the agitation of émigrés nobles abroad, especially in the Austrian Netherlands and the minor states of Germany. The monarchy was abolished on September 21, 1792; later Louis and his queen consort, Marie-Antoinette, were guillotined on charges of counterrevolution. why were European monarchs concerned in 1792? After he was forced from office in 1781, new taxes were levied. 72 of the deputies voted for the death penalty, but subject to several delaying conditions and reservations. However, the royal family soon attempted to break free from their imprisonment. After this, Louis XVI and his new Controller-General des finances, Étienne-Charles de Loménie de Brienne, tried to simply force the Parlement de Paris to register the new laws and fiscal reforms. These results contradicted an earlier DNA analysis of a handkerchief dipped in the presumptive blood of Louis XVI after his execution performed by Laluez-Fo et al. "From Royal Dignity to Republican Austerity: the Ritual for the Reception of Louis XVI in the French National Assembly (1789–1792). This decision would be final. [53], The convention would be voting on three questions: first, Is Louis guilty; second, whatever the decision, should there be an appeal to the people; and third, if found guilty, what punishment should Louis suffer? [11], The couple's failure to produce any children for several years placed a strain upon their marriage,[12] exacerbated by the publication of obscene pamphlets (libelles) mocking their infertility. 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