Who said: “The king is dead! Long live the king!”

March 29, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

This expression seems to be of French origin. It was used in France to announce the death of a king and the accession of his successor to the throne, signifying that the country was never without a sovereign. William Blackstone, in his Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765) expressed the same idea in, “The king never dies.”

Apparently “The┬áking is dead! Long live the king!” as a form of proclamation on the death of a French king was first used in 1461 at the time of the death of Charles VII, who had been helped to the throne by Joan of Arc. It was last used in 1824 when Louis XVIII died and Charles X was proclaimed King. In her Louis XIV, and the Court of France in the Seventeenth Century (1847) Julia Pardoe, English novelist and historical writer, said: “The death of Louis XIV [in 1715] was announced by the captain of the bodyguard from a window of the state department. Raising his truncheon above his head, he broke it in the center, and throwing the pieces among the crowd, exclaimed in a loud voice, ‘Le Roi est mort!’ Then seizing another staff, he flourished it in the air as he shouted, ‘Vive┬ále Roi!’

Louis XVII was proclaimed titular King of France nineteen years after his death. He was a son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. His death occurred in prison under mysterious circumstances in 1795, two years after the execution of his parents. When his uncle, Louis XVIII, ascended the throne in 1814 he proclaimed the “lost dauphin” Louis XVII to maintain the continuity of the Bourbon line.




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