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    Louis XVI of France Document Signed "Louis" as king. Two pages (front and verso) in French, 9.5" x 14.25", August 28, 1783, Fontainebleau. Louis XVI (1754-1793) 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 following an abortive attempt to flee from the radical agitation of revolutionary Paris in 1791, he was tried by the National Convention, found guilty of treason, and executed on 21 January 1793. His execution signaled the end of absolute monarchy in France and would eventually bring about the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. Although beloved at first, his indecisiveness and conservatism led 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 Hugh Capet, the founder of the House of Bourbon) and forced him to be called Louis Capet in an attempt to discredit his status as king. He was also called Louis le Dernier (Louis the Last), a derisive use of the traditional nicknaming of French kings.

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