Was Louis XVI autistic? Author claims France’s last king had condition that meant he struggled to be intimate with Marie Antoinette and left him vulnerable to influential courtiers 

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  • Louis XVI (1754 to 1793) was the last ruler of France before the French Revolution
  • But the American writer Nancy Goldstone said that the emperor’s struggles began at birth.
  • The author claims that Monarch was born with autism-spectrum disorder (ASD) in 1754.

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An author has claimed that the last king of France, Louis XVI, was born with an autism-spectrum disorder, which made him vulnerable to the selfish interests of ministers, struggled to be intimate with his wife Marie Antoinette and ‘ were unable to look anyone in the eye.

Louis XVI was the last ruler of a European country before the fall of the monarchy during the French Revolution and the only king of France to have died in 1793 at the age of 38.

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But as American writer Nancy Goldstone pointed out air mail After being born with autism-spectrum disorder (ASD) in 1754, Emperor’s struggles began from birth, 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 other people’s feelings, and restricted and repetitive patterns of thought or physical movement.

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An author has claimed that the last king of France (pictured) was born with an autism-spectrum disorder, which made him vulnerable to the interests of ministers, struggling to be intimate with his wife Marie Antoinette and Was ‘unable to see anyone through the eyes’.

Making her claim, Nancy said: ‘Therefore, although highly intelligent and in every way more kind, moral, honest and better-intentioned ruler than his predecessor (Louis XV), the new king of France was unable to see any Was. eye.

‘He could not read the expressions of others; spoke seldom and then in a strange, unintelligible voice; cried when under pressure; And, more importantly, it pertained to his young wife, who did not understand sexual activity until five years after the marriage, when Marie Antoinette’s older brother came for a visit and in a gentle, factual manner explained the mechanics of conception. Told about it.’

The author also claims that Marie Antoinette was not as influential as the citizens believed because Louis XVI’s ministers ‘quickly figured out how to manage the king so that they could get the policies they passed. wanted’.

Marie Antoinette with her three children, wife of Louis XVI, painted by Elisabeth Vigi-Lebrun, 1787

Marie Antoinette with her three children, wife of Louis XVI, painted by Elisabeth Vigi-Lebrun, 1787

Louis XVI became heir to the throne upon the death of his father, Louis the 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 with social interaction and communication.

This includes difficulty understanding and being aware of other people’s feelings and emotions and/or problems participating in or initiating conversations.

Thought patterns are another important area, namely restricted and repetitive patterns of thought or physical movement, such as tapping or twisting with the hand, and become disturbed if these set routines are disrupted.

It is estimated that around 1 in every 100 people in the UK have ASD. More boys are diagnosed than girls.

There is no cure for ASD, but a range of educational and behavioral support programs can help people with the condition.

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He married Maria Theresa, the daughter of Empress of Austria Marie Antoinette and Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, when she was just 15 and he was 14.

While he was introverted and shy, he was a social butterfly who loved gambling, partying, and extravagant fashion.

Their marriage was used to seal the new alliance between Austria and France after the Seven Years’ War.

Marie Antoinette was popular in France during her teen years, and when she made her first appearance in Paris, a crowd of 50,000 came to see her. It is believed that at least 30 people were crushed in the crush just to see him.

But her popularity fell sharply during her husband’s reign and she became a symbol of the excesses of the monarchy.

Louis XVI succeeded the French throne upon the death of his grandfather, Louis XV, whose ineffective and self-serving rule contributed to the collapse of royal authority that led to the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789.

But after a failed regime – which saw him constantly distracting himself by hunting and with his personal hobby of making locks and masonry – he was relocated to the Place de la Révolution (renamed Place de la Concorde in 1795) in Paris on 21 January. changed) was guillotineed. 1793

Nine months later, his wife Marie Antoinette, who was only 37 years old, had the same fate.

After he was beheaded, his body was placed in unmarked graves, but in 1815 he was exhumed and buried in the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis.

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