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Louis XVI - When a King became a Citizen

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King Louis XVI was arrested on the 13th of August, 1792. The following month - on the 21st of September - France’s National Assembly abolished the French monarchy and declared that the country was now a Republic.

This illustration, by H. de la Charlerie, imagines how that moment may have appeared when the King of France was no-longer treated like the sovereign of his country. The title of this work is:

Joseph Garat (1749-1833) Proclaims the Arrest of King Louis XVI (1754-93)

After France was declared a Republic, Louis was stripped of all his titles. Thereafter, authorities of the French Revolution referred to him as “Citizen Louis Capet.”

Just five months after his arrest, Louis XVI was given a death sentence. His public execution would take place on January 21, 1793.

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Image, described above, online courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

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