Editor says, what if Louis XV had been assassinated in 1757? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality Robert Damiens attacked the king with a penknife. Though there were fears of poisoning, Louis XV survived, and Damiens was still found guilty of regicide. His was the last execution for regicide as the next round, in the French Revolution, would be supported by the people. After defeat by attrition in the Seven Years' War and a humiliating Treaty of Paris, France would back the American Colonies' rebellion against Britain, putting the government into further debt that would contribute to violent overthrow. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.