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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2019 8:45 p.m. PST

… in 1815? What would Napoleon do with the king?

"Louis ran away, when he heard that Bonaparte is approaching. No wonder, his own generals had joined their Emperor's side. But what if the king of France stayed, and tried to fight against the Emperor of the French? He could fortify his palace or go to another place, and start a campaign to stop and send Napoleon back to the British. I mean, Napoleon would still probably defeat him, but what would he do? Chop his head of with a guilotine? Would it bring more support from the French or would it turn more people against him?…"
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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2019 12:21 a.m. PST

Interesting question but very poor responses on that site.

Louis had no interest in starting a civil war and did little to encourage the Royalist uprisings that did occur. He fled and relied on a foreign Alliance to reinstate him instead.

Anyone who imagines an armed defence of the Tuileries does not know his Maison du Roi. But he could have sat it out. Napoleon would have not defenestrated him but rather rusticated him to some nice chateau to live out his days.

What his flight did do was release many a senior Army man from his oath to the king. Ney and Labedoyere's problem was somewhat anticipating the lack of a ruler in France, in declaring for Napoleon, hence the treason charges.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2019 10:46 a.m. PST


There were not veteran troops who fought for Louis… only some Marshals like MacDonald…. no chance of a "civil" war… maybe in the Vendée… but not with regular troops…

Le Maison du Roi troops were a joke….


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2019 7:13 a.m. PST

Actually poor old Louis could barely stand, let alone walk. As for "running"……….the surprise is that he did live on so long after the Second Restoration!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2019 10:55 a.m. PST



Murvihill24 Aug 2019 3:20 p.m. PST

If he had gone down personally and not Ney and shot Napoleon he would have ended it. But of course he couldn't do that. After all, he wasn't Napoleon.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2019 2:02 a.m. PST

What else did you expect of the Bourbons?

Louis XVIII was 'a fat, frightened old man' and Napoleon would not harm him or his followers-quite different conduct from what the once-again-returned Bourbons would do to Napoleon's followers after Waterloo.

All Sir Garnett27 Aug 2019 3:15 a.m. PST

Better than the arriviste Italian

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2019 3:46 a.m. PST

To whom are you referring?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2019 7:20 a.m. PST

I suspect he means King Ferdinand, Bourbon King of the Two Sicilies (ie Sicily and Naples) restored by Congress of Vienna in 1815.

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