♔ Today In History - 11th, June 1775
Louis XVI is Crowned King of France
Louis XVI was the 32nd sovereign in a millennium to be crowned in Reims. The religious ceremony which took place on 11th June 1775. He had an enormous responsibility, as the government was deeply in debt, and resentment to ‘despotic’ monarchy was on the rise. Louis also felt woefully unqualified for the job. As king, Louis focused primarily on religious uniformity and foreign policy. While none doubted Louis’s intellectual ability to rule France, it was quite clear that, although raised as the Dauphin since 1765, he lacked firmness and decisiveness. His desire to be loved by his people is evident in the prefaces of many of his edicts that would often explain the nature and good intention of his actions as benefiting the people. He aimed to earn the love of his people by reinstating the parliaments. When questioned about his decision, he said: “It may be considered politically unwise, but it seems to me to be the general wish and I want to be loved.” In spite of his indecisiveness, Louis XVI was determined to be a good king, stating that he “must always consult public opinion; it is never wrong.”
"I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, ‘Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."
The Roofs of Paris by Vincent van Gogh (1886)