Charles X

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Charles X (circa 1825)

Charles X (Charles Philippe; 9 October 1757 – 6 November 1836) was King of France from 16 September 1824 until 2 August 1830, when he was overthrown during the July Revolution. He was the last of the French rulers from the senior branch of the House of Bourbon.


  • Where are you going, foreign traitor? Is this were you belong, misplaced bourgeoisie? Return to your little town, or you will perish by my hand.
    • Remarks to Jacques Necker as Necker entered the royal council (10 July 1789), recorded in Charles-Henri, Baron de Gleichen, Souvenirs (1868), p. 63, quoted in Vincent W. Beach, 'The Count of Artois and the Coming of the French Revolution', The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 30, No. 4 (December 1958), p. 323

Quotes about Charles X[edit]

  • [You are] the son of Saint-Louis.
    • Aimé, duc de Clermont-Tonnerre to Charles X shortly before the French conquest of Algeria (14 October 1827), quoted in Adam Knobler, 'Holy Wars, Empires, and the Portability of the Past: The Modern Uses of Medieval Crusades', Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 48, No. 2 (April 2006), p. 295
  • It [anti-clericalism] was the major current in a rising tide of hostility against Charles X and his government.
    • Alfred Cobban, A History of Modern France: From the First Empire to the Second Empire, 1799–1871: Volume Two (1961), p. 87

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