Saturday, April 9, 2016

Nicknames of French Royals

From Geri Walton:
When Louis XVI came to power he received a number of nicknames. One positive one was “the Restorer of French Liberty” received in 1789 after feudalism and the taxes and privileges associated with feudalism were abolished. However, most of the rest reflected the unfortunate opinion Frenchmen held of him. After the Constituent Assembly allowed him the power of veto, he used it. This caused practically every Frenchman to be unhappy, resulting in him being called “Monsieur Veto.” Later, when he was imprisoned at the Temple, he went by several names including “Citizen Capet,” “Citoyen Louis Capet,” or just plain “Louis Capet.” There were also at least two rather sad nicknames: “the Martyr King” and “the Last.” (Read more.)

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