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Louis XVI

  • Portrait of King Louis XVI


Here was the "body politic" of the old regime. Theoretically, France existed only as an entity in the body of the King. The citizens were his subjects; the geographical parts linked together only through the monarch. Robed and wigged, he was an emblem of a centuries–old regime.

"Louis XVI," Cornell 4606, Box 15

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