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1792: Louis XVI, King of France, Imprisoned in Templar Fortress

1792: Louis XVI, King of France, Imprisoned in Templar Fortress
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/Memorial to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, sculptures by Edme Gaulle and Pierre Petitot in the Basilica of Saint-Denis

Story Highlights

  • Historical event
  • 13 August 1792
  • It is an ironic twist of faith that the last French pre-revolutionary king ended interred up in a Templar castle. Namely, the Templar order was abolished in 1312 at the insistence of another French King, Philip IV the Fair, because he had owed them a vast amount of money.

On 13 August 1792 Parisian revolutionaries arrested King Louis XVI and the royal family, including Queen Mary Antionette, the king’s son and heir to the throne, the king’s daughter, and the king’s sister Madame Elisabeth.

All were interred in the notorious Temple Prison, a former Templar Fortress built back in the Middle Ages.

The Templars had built the castle with the goal of making it their main headquarters in Europe. It is an ironic twist of faith that the last French pre-revolutionary king ended interred up in a Templar castle.

Namely, the Templar order was abolished in 1312 at the insistence of another French King, Philip IV the Fair, because he had owed them a vast amount of money.

The month after King Louis was arrested, the French Monarchy was abolished and a Republic established.

Louis was stripped of his title and addressed “Citoyen (citizen) Louis Capet”. Capet was the surname of the French royal dynasty, inherited from king Hugo Capet, who reigned in the 10th century.

Louis was tried at a revolutionary tribunal and executed at the guillotine.

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