• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Trial & Execution of Louis XVI

Extracts from this document...


History Essay The Trial & Execution of Louis XVI During the late 1700's, France found itself at a major turning point in its history. King Louis XVI, the successor to the throne from Louis XV was at rule. A favored king at first, his reign first appeared to follow through with the monarchy, though as time passed, the public found and soon sought reasons which garnered controversy and hate towards his name. Leading to the end of his rule, he faced numerous accusations on different charges and the hatred of the public and government amounted to his execution. There are multiple reasons for which he was executed. Louis XVI was known to be very weak-minded, and indecisive. ...read more.


The Decrees of the 4th was the lords surrendering their power due to the threat of uprising within common folk. The public acquired even more hatred for King Louis XVI as the National Assembly began to over rule him, and emphasize his weakness even more. For example, someone began sending the Cardinal letters impersonating the king's wife Marie-Antoinette, demanding the purchase of an extremely expensive necklace. This outraged the people of France, since their lifestyles had hit rock-bottom and they were barely able to survive. The King and Queen of France were furious when they discovered the scandal, and took the Cardinal to court. He appeared to be guilty, but nevertheless wasn't convicted of conspiracy against the royal family, but the National Assembly placed the blame on Marie-Antoinette. ...read more.


France did win however, and the success gave the National Assembly enough power to overthrow his position as king, trial him and execute him, which led up to his final day in which he faced the guillotine on January 21, 1793. These are the reasons and events which amounted to the King's execution. The beginning of his loss of power may be at the source of the public's hate for his Austrian-born wife Marie-Antoinette, though through this the cycle of different allegations and accusations continued and amounted with time, causing him to make two acts of treason against France. His execution marked the end of the French monarchy, and helped it to evolve into the country it has become today. The metamorphosis of monarchal France to the republican country it is today has been quite immense, but generally quite beneficial to both the nation and its people. February 19, 2006 History 10 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics essays

  1. Was Charles I responsible for his execution?

    the axe fell and ran forward to dip handkerchiefs in the King's blood, but this was after the King's trial. It might not necessarily mean he was popular in his reign. But the monarch must have suffered a blow in popularity during the seventeenth century, especially in King James the first's reign.

  2. How far & to what extent was Louis responsible for the turn of events ...

    The problem was that taxation was dire. It failed to tax those that could afford it, taxed those who couldn't too much, while being corrupt and convoluted. However, things were brought to a head in 1787. Louis, under serious financial pressure (more than half his yearly income was spent on debt repayment)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work