Was Louis XVI autistic? The author claims that the last king of France had a condition which meant he struggled to be intimate with Marie-Antoinette and left him vulnerable to influential courtiers
- Louis XVI (1754 to 1793) was the last ruler of France before the French Revolution
- But American writer Nancy Goldstone said the monarch’s struggles began from birth.
- Author claims Monarque was born in 1754 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
One author claimed that the last king of France, Louis XVI, was born with an autism spectrum disorder, leaving him vulnerable to the personal interests of ministers, struggling to be intimate with his wife Marie-Antoinette, and “unable to watch anyone. either in the eyes ”.
Louis XVI was the last ruler of the European country before the fall of the monarchy during the French Revolution and was the only king of France to have been executed, dying at the age of 38 in 1793.
But American writer Nancy Goldstone told AirMail that the monarch’s struggles began as soon as he was born, after he was born in 1754 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition no one understood at the time.
It can cause a wide range of symptoms, including problems with social interaction and communication, difficulty understanding the emotions of others, and restricted and repetitive patterns of thought or physical movement.
One author claimed the last king of France (pictured) was born with autism spectrum disorder, leaving him vulnerable to personal interests of ministers, struggling to be intimate with his wife Marie-Antoinette and “unable to watch anyone in the eyes “
Making her request, Nancy said: “So while very intelligent and in all respects a more compassionate, moral, honest and better-intentioned ruler than his predecessor (Louis XV), the new King of France was unable to look at anyone in the eye.
“He couldn’t read other people’s expressions; spoke rarely and then in a strange and timeless voice; cried when under pressure; and, especially with regard to his young wife, did not understand the sexual act until five years after the start of their marriage, when Marie-Antoinette’s older brother came to visit her and explained in a gentle way and evidence-based mechanisms of design.
The author also asserts that Marie-Antoinette was not as influential as the citizens thought since the ministers of Louis XVI had “determined very early on how to manage the king in order to adopt the policies they wanted”.
Louis XVI’s wife Marie-Antoinette with their three children, painted by Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, in 1787
Louis XVI becomes the heir to the throne on the death of his father Louis, Dauphin of France in 1765.
What is autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can cause a wide range of symptoms, which are often grouped into two main categories.
First, problems of social interaction and communication.
This includes difficulty understanding and being aware of the emotions and feelings and / or issues of other people taking part in or starting conversations.
Another key area is thought patterns, namely restricted and repetitive thought patterns or physical movements, such as tapping or twisting of the hands, and getting excited if these defined routines are disrupted.
It is estimated that around 1 in 100 people in the UK have an ASD. More boys are diagnosed with it than girls.
There is no cure for ASD, but a range of educational and behavioral support programs can help people with the condition.
He married Marie-Antoinette, daughter of Marie-Thérèse, Empress of Austria, and the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, when he was only 15 years old and she was 14 years old.
While introverted and shy, she was a social butterfly who loved games, parties, and extravagant fashions.
Their marriage was used to seal the new alliance between Austria and France after the Seven Years’ War.
During her teenage years, Marie-Antoinette was popular in France and when she made her first appearance in Paris, a crowd of 50,000 people came to see her. At least 30 people are believed to have been trampled to death in the crash to witness it.
But her popularity fell rapidly during her reign and she became a symbol of the excesses of the monarchy.
Louis XVI succeeded to the throne of France upon the death of his grandfather Louis XV, whose ineffective and self-serving rule contributed to the decline of royal authority which led to the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789.
But after an unsuccessful reign, which saw him constantly distracted by hunting and with his personal hobbies of making locks and masonry, he was guillotined at Place de la Révolution (renamed Place de la Concorde in 1795) in Paris on January 21, 1793.
Nine months later, his wife Marie-Antoinette suffered the same fate, at only 37 years old.
Following their beheadings, their bodies were placed in anonymous graves but in 1815 they were exhumed and they were buried in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint-Denis.