Marie Antoinette & The French Revolution 

 

                      Quick Biography

Louis XVI (23 August 1754 – 21 January 1793), Louis-Auguste de France, ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1774 until 1791, and then as King of the French from 1791 to 1792. Suspended and arrested during the 10th of August 1792 Insurrection, he was tried by the National Convention, found guilty of treason, and executed on 21 January 1793. He was the only king of France to be executed, and by a guillotine.

Although Louis was beloved at first, his indecisiveness and conservatism led some elements of the people of France to eventually hate him as a symbol of the perceived tyranny of the Ancien Régime. After the abolition of the monarchy in 1792, the new republican government gave him the surname Capet, a reference to the nickname of Hugh Capet, founder of the Capetian dynasty, which the revolutionaries wrongly interpreted as a family name. He was also informally nicknamed Louis le Dernier (Louis the Last), a derisive use of the traditional nicknaming of French kings. Today, historians and Frenchmen in general have a more nuanced view of Louis XVI, who is seen as an honest man with good intentions, but who was probably unfit for the herculean task of reforming the monarchy, and who was used as a scapegoat by the revolutionaries.



 




Sexual problems

Louis Aguste's sexual awkwardness,was to be public and legendery , began with his refusal to consuminate his marriage to the pretty,young dauphine.It was not until August 22,1777,what the emporer referred to "the great work" was done.Marie-Antoinette wrote o the empress that a proper consumination had taken place,and her brother,the emporer,to thank him for his assistance.



Good Father & Husband

Dispite their troubled sex life and his anti-Austrian upbringings,Louis became sincerly attached to his wife.Even asking her once,publicy & sweetly, "but do you love me?" in 1782, he made the unpresented annoucement that he would not be taking a mistress dispite pressure from doing so in court.An equally devoted father,he moved his cynical  courtiers to tears by reasssuring his daughter,Madame Royale,that he had never regretted that she was born not a son.When his eldest son became sick,he visited the suffering child 5 or 6 times a day.During the months of imprisoment in the tower,he took on the schooling of his youngest son himself.