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- "(People, I die innocent. Gentlemen, I am innocent of everything I have been charged with. My wish and hope is that my blood may consolidate the well-being of the French people.)"
- ―Louis XVI at his execution, 1793.[src]
Louis XVI of France (baptized Louis Auguste de France, also known as Louis Capet; 1754 – 1793) was King of France and Navarre from 1774 until 1791, after which he was subsequently King of the French from 1791 to 1792, before his deposition and execution during the French Revolution.
With the death of his father and his two elder brothers in 1765, as well as the death of his grandfather Louis XV in 1774, Louis XVI ascended to the throne. His 19-year reign would become increasingly agitated since the Court was incapable of reform. He had merely covered up the nation's problems without actually resolving anything, and often what decisions Louis did make eventually turned against him.
He was a great supporter of the American Revolutionary War which, by 1789, resulted in the kingdom descending to ruin as the debt-ridden France progressed into a state of bankruptcy. The situation was further exacerbated by the trade treaty with London, in that London was way ahead of the French technologically and inundated France with their industrial products, spelling ruin for French artisans. In this vein, some of the aforementioned products would be used in the revolutionary riots.
In summer of 1791, with the French Revolution heating up, Louis secretly fled to supposedly loyal troops in the East. When the grounds of the Tuileries were invaded, Louis took refuge in the National Assembly where he was arrested soon after and stripped of his power, before being sent to the Temple.
Those who testified on Louis' behalf were killed in two instances, while documents that could have proven his innocence were not passed on to his defenders. Louis was thereby executed on January 21, 1793 at the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Before his death, Louis pleaded to the crowd that he was innocent, but hoped that his death would be for the good of France.
Louis had, in secret, somehow acquired a First Civilization artifact at an unknown date. He later placed the artifact in a small chest and hid it in a secret vault in his private study at Palais des Tuileries. This vault was discovered by Napoleon Bonaparte and the Assassin Arno Dorian in 1792, as both men vied two different things from it – Arno, letters incriminating Mirabeau, and Napoleon, the chest containing the artifact; once Napoleon had retrieved the artifact, he quickly concealed it to prevent Arno from noticing it.