Louis XVI, Louis-Auguste de France, otherwise known as
King of France, 1754 - 1793
Louis XVI, Louis-Auguste de France, otherwise known as: In power since 1774, Louis XVI continually tried to reform the kingdom and the estates-based society. In 1788, the crisis had become too serious: he resolved to summons the Estates Generals. Overwhelmed by the Revolution, which broke out in 1789, at first, he seemed willing to accept that the limitations of his powers. However, he attempted to flee on June 20, 1791 and kept in contact with many foreign countries that had decided to help reestablish France’s absolute monarchy. Arrested on August 10, 1792, he was sentenced to death and executed on January 21, 1793.