The Execution of Louis XVI

By: Trey Jacobson

Why is this important?

In 1792, the National Convention named France a republic. King Louis XVI was then put on treason. He was convicted of treason and sent to death row. This most historians would say was the start of the Reign of Terror in France.

Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

  • Who?

King Louis XVI of France and the people of France

  • What?

King Louis was put on trial for treason and was sent to death row.

  • When?

January 21st, 1793

  • Where?

Place de la Revolution in France

  • Why?

King Louis XVI was a very poor leader who came into very poor circumstances in the country of France. The crops of France failed which made food prices sky rocket. The people of France were just sick of having a monarchy so they put Louis XIV on trial.

  • How?

King Louis XIV's execution was performed by a guillotine.


"I die innocent of all the crimes imputed to me. I pardon the authors of my death, and pray God that the blood you are about to shed will never fall upon France." -King Louis XVI

What does this mean?

He says he did not commit the crimes he is accused of. He forgives the people who are killing him and he prays that he wishes nothing but the best for the country of France.

Three Hashtags

  1. #OffWithHisHead
  2. #EndTheMonarchy
  3. #TreasonForNoReason