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Charles X

King of France Charles X

Full Name: Charles Philippe
Profession: King of France

Nationality:
France
French

Why Famous: Charles reigned as King of France from 1824 to 1830, during which he sought to reassert the place of royalty in French political culture.

He was unpopular throughout his rule, with conflict between his reactionary policies—increasing the power of the Catholic church, reimbursing nobility, etc.—and the liberal attitudes that had taken hold.

It was Charles that set France to conquer Algeria, apparently in order to distract the populace from domestic problems; a common strategy at the time, where internal energies were diverted to external issues.

Yet none of these efforts were sufficient, with Charles' reign ending with urban riots and ultimately the July Revolution, at which he was forced to abdicate.

Born: October 9, 1757
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, Paris, France
Star Sign: Libra

Died: November 6, 1836 (aged 79)

Historical Events

  • 1824-09-27 Charles X, King of France, makes his state entry into Paris to popular acclaim
  • 1825-05-20 Charles X becomes King of France
  • 1825-06-20 Coronation of Charles X, the last Bourbon King of France
  • 1830-07-25 Charles X signs the July Ordinances, suspending freedom of the press, among other effects
  • 1830-07-27 Revolution breaks out in Paris, opposing laws of Charles X
  • 1830-08-02 Charles X of France abdicates in favour of his grandson the Duc de Bordeaux
  • 1830-08-09 Louis-Philippe formally accepts crown of France, following abdication of Charles X

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