∙Ruled France from May 10, 1774- September 4, 1792. He was the last king of France before the French Revolution.
∙First part of reign was marked by attempting to reform France in agreement with Enlightenment ideas. This included efforts to abolish serfdom, remove taille and increase tolerance toward non-Catholics.
∙Louis’s secret dealings and counter-revolutionary intrigues was discover. Him and his family were charged with treason. Louis was found guilty and immediately condemned to death.