France, French Revolution, Philippe Egalite
Louis Philippe Joseph, Duke of Orleans, called Philippe Egalite, (1747- 1793).
Such was his reputation for debauchery that he was unpopular at the Court of Louis XVI. An intimate friend of the Prince of Wales, he introduced many English fashions to France.
He intrigued with subversive elements to aspire to the French crown for himself and did much to promote the coming of the Revolution.
When hereditary titles were swept away he adopted the name of Philippe Egalite and as a member of the Convention voted for the execution of Louis, but was arrested and guillotined himself in 1793. From being seen as a figure of admiration in England for his liberal views he became perhaps the most execrated of all the French revolutionaries, following his voting for Louis' death.
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