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Louis XVI began his reign with absolute power however he ruled at a time when changes were being demanded and ultimately revolution occurred Louis power slowly began to decline and on October 10 1784 he signed a constitution forced upon him by the French Assembly which limited his power and made him no more than a salaried figurehead who could be convicted of treason Furneuax 12 On June 20 1791 Louis made an unsuccessful attempt to regain his power but he was caught and imprisoned Furneaux 13 Though Louis Appeared coldhearted he was a kind man and did not deserve to be overthrown Phyllis Corzine put it best by quoting Ive never known anyone whose character contradicted his outward appearances According to this man No man could speak to Louis of disease and war without seeing a look of compassion come over his face yet his replies were often hard his tone harsh his manner unfeeling Unknown as quoted by Corzine 13 Louis XVI was not guilty of treason however he was an ineffective ruler and was beheaded as a scapegoat by the French so they could prove to themselves that the king was just a regular man and not above his subjects or the law Louis XVI the king of France from 1774-1792 was the grandson of Louis XV Louis XVI was born at Versailles on August 23 1754 Corzine 2 He was the youngest of the family with two elder brothers However the death of his two elder brothers and father allowed Louis to claim the throne easily He was made the young prince of Dauphin in France in 1765 at the young age of eleven Louis was an ugly man about five and a half feet tall and slightly overweight Although he had clear blue eyes and thick fair hair he was pale with a
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