today’s birthday: Louis-Philippe of France (1773)

Louis-Philippe of France (1773)

Louis-Philippe was the last king to rule France, reigning from 1830 to 1848. A nobleman who joined the liberal opposition to kings Louis XVIII and Charles X, he was made lieutenant general of the realm during the July Revolution of 1830 and then king. At first, he was much loved and called the “Citizen King,” but his increasingly autocratic rule as well as economic woes diminished his popularity. Faced with impending civil war, he abdicated and fled to England. How did he get there? More… Discuss

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