DID LOUIS XVII DIE IN PRISON?
The greatest mysteries of history unveiled
An episode from the series SECRETS OF HISTORY - ENIGMAS
On June 8, 1795, the second son of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, heir to the throne since his father's beheading, died of tuberculosis in prison. He was only 10 years old. The day after his death, rumours emerged that he escaped from jail. In the following decades, several individuals came forward claiming to be the true king of France.
Are these allegations legends or historical reality? The question intrigued many throughout the two centuries that followed, until a comparative DNA analysis left little room for doubt.