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"I die innocent of all the crimes imputed to me. I excuse the authors of my death. I pray God that the blood you are spreading never falls on France."
Louis XVI (1754-1793) was hardly made for the monarch role that fate imposed upon him, but often gave of his reign and his person a much too negative image. This "king despite him" proved in practice that he resolved enough to help America become independent and sufficiently lit to open the French monarchy in some new ideas. Unfortunately for him, as Tocqueville noted, history will not forgive strong regimes that agree to weaken.
Author: Bernard Vincent
Number of pages: 368 pages (18 illustrations)
Date of publication: 03 february 2006
Language: french only