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Louis XVI of France
Louis XVI
Historical Figure
Nationality: France
Date of Birth: 1754
Date of Death: 1793
Cause of Death: Execution by decapitation
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: King
Parents: Louis-Ferdinand le Dauphin, Marie-Josèphe of Saxony
Spouse: Marie Antoinette
Children: Four, two of which predeceased him
Relatives: Louis XV of France (grandfather)
Charles III of Spain (uncle by marriage)
Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor (brother-in-law)
House: Bourbon
Turtledove Appearances:
The Two Georges
POD: c. mid-1760s
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Date of Death: Unrevealed
Relatives: François IV (presumably descendant)


Atlantis
POD: c 85,000,000 BCE;
Relevant POD: 1452
Appearance(s): The United States of Atlantis
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
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 French Revolution, he was tried by the National Convention, found guilty of treason (sending sensitive information to Austria, France's enemy at the time), and executed by guillotine on 21 January 1793. He is the only French monarch to have been executed.

During his reign, Louis made the fateful decision to recognize and support the United States. Without his recognition, the American Revolution would have failed, and for want of a successful example the French Revolution may very well have been averted.

In 1820, Louis' daughter petitioned Pope Pius VII for his sainthood. However, the Catholic Church ruled that there was insufficient evidence that Louis had been executed for religious rather than political reasons.

Louis XVI in The Two GeorgesEdit

During the reign of Louis XVI, an insurgency was halted when the rebels attempted to take the Bastille in Paris, and were mowed down by the cannon of Lt. Colonel Napoleon Bonaparte. Bonaparte became a hero that day, and the French monarchy was saved.[1]

Louis XVI in AtlantisEdit

King Louis XVI was still young and fresh on the throne when the Atlantean War of Independence broke out in the 1770s. Atlantean Assemblyman Michel du Guesclin and General Victor Radcliff discussed how the inexperienced monarch would react when word reached him of British General William Howe's invasion of French Atlantis. Radcliff dispatched Assemblyman Custis Cawthorne to find out.[2]

News from France didn't come quickly. Radcliff had defeated Howe at Grigsby's Field, conquered Cosquer and crossed the Green Ridge Mountains to chase General Charles Cornwallis out of New Marseille before word finally came back (via the French-speaking citizens of New Marseilles) that King Louis had declared war on Great Britain and recognized the new United States of Atlantis.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Two Georges, pgs. 58, 284, MPB, pgs. 48, 190, HC.
  2. The United States of Atlantis, pgs. 145-146.
  3. Ibid., pg. 215.
Regnal titles
(OTL)
Preceded by
Louis XV
King of France
1774-1792
Succeeded by
Monarchy abolished;
National Convention as Head of State,
next individual as Head of State is Napoleon Bonaparte
Regnal titles
(The Two Georges)
Preceded by
Louis XV
King of France
1774-?
Succeeded by
Unknown;
next known is
François IV

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