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Louis as a Drinker

Engraving portraying King Louis XVI as a drunkard


The arrest of the King prompted an outpouring of sentiment against Louis. Like his grandfather, Louis XV, whose early reputation as "Louis the Well–Loved" faded by the end of his long reign, Louis XVI now became the focus for all sorts of discontents. This image depicting Louis as incapable of governing himself, let alone France, reveals the depth of the scorn expressed.

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"Louis as a Drinker," in World History Commons, [accessed September 30, 2023]