- Après moi, le déluge.note—Louis XV to the Madame de Pompadour (or perhaps her to him. Or perhaps neither, but whatever, it fits.)
Great-grandson of Louis XIV and King of France for 58 years (1715-1774). He ascended to the throne after the deaths of his older brother, father, grandfather (Le Grand Dauphin) and of Louis XIV himself.
If Louis XIV was "Le Grand", Louis XV (15 February 1710 10 May 1774) was "Le Bien-Aimé" (the Well-Beloved), at least at first. He started well enough after a war with England and Austria but it all went wrong when he ceded hard won territory back to the latter. He even went so far as to seek with an alliance with Austria. This would have dire consequences for his successors.
His popularity with the common man waned as well because of his promiscuity which led to all sorts of wild rumors. Things got worse later in his reign when France lost North America and India to the British in the Seven Years' War. This made him a morose and bitter man. In his old age, he abolished Parlements which his grandson and successor Louis XVI re-established.
He died eventually of smallpox, but by then no one cared.
Appears in the following works:
- The Rose of Versailles
- Le Chevalier d'Eon
- Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006) - Played by Rip Torn.
- Louis XV, le Soleil noir (''Louis XV - The Black Sun) - Played by Stanley Weber.
- Since the attacks from the Beast of Gévaudan occurred under his reign, he usually gets at least mentioned, or briefly seen, in the works related to these attacks.