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King Louis XVI (King Louis the 16th) was the last king of France and an important figure in the events of many of the character's lives of the musical Hamilton.

Biography

Louis XVI was the last king of France before the fall of the monarchy during the French Revolution. He was referred to as Citizen Louis Capet during the four months just before he was executed by guillotine. In 1765, upon the death of his father, Louis, Dauphin of France, he became the new Dauphin. Upon his grandfather Louis XV's death on 10 May 1774, he assumed the title King of France and Navarre, until 4 September 1791, when he received the title of King of the French until the monarchy was abolished on 21 September 1792.

Relationships

Marquis de Lafayette

Lafayette never interacts with King Louis in Hamilton, but references him multiple times, stating that he "dreams of life without the monarchy" and he wishes to bring "freedom to his people" when he returns to France. This speaks to the animosity that the French people felt toward the Last King of France

Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson was the American Foreign Ambassador to France who was considered a "Francophile", someone who has a deep love for France and its people. He defended King Louis and his help toward the American revolutionaries during Cabinet Battle #2. This speaks toward his integration into High Society in France and his sub-sequential sympathy to King Louis

Song References

I came from afar just to say "Bonsoir", tell the King "Casse-toi!"
— Marquis de Lafayette, "Aaron Burr, Sir"
I dream of life without the monarchy
— Marquis de Lafayette, "Aaron Burr, Sir"
Should we honour our treaty, King Louis' head?
— Alexander Hamilton, "Cabinet Battle #2"
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