Louis XVI

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Louis XVI
 
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1754--93, king of France (1774--92); grandson of Louis XV. He married Marie Antoinette in 1770 and they were guillotined during the French Revolution

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Louis XVI [(looh-ee)]

The last king of France before the French Revolution; the husband of Marie Antoinette. He at first accepted a change from absolute monarchy (see ancien régime) to constitutional monarchy in France. Then he tried to flee the country and was brought back a prisoner. Radicals, including the Jacobins, assumed control of the revolution and had Louis and Marie Antoinette beheaded for treason.

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