The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

January 21, 2012

January 21, 1793

Louis the 16th, the King of France, (born August 23, 1754), died at the hands of a frothing parliament on  January 21, 1793. The excesses of democracy had been predicted by theorists, and their prediction seemed to be validated. None of this was apparent of course when the king shot the cat. There were many cats at the royal palaces, and Louis hated them all; they were left over by previous cat loving aristocrats. In typical clumsy fashion though,Louis did not shoot one of the wild cats that throve in the gardens; the cat he shot belonged to one of the court ladies, and he wound up replacing the pet. The ineptness was typical Louis. The cruelty was not; he was clueless but not mean, or even autocratic.  Louis the 16th was just the right man for a deluge. 

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