"the last king, Louis Fifteen"
Portrait of Louis XV (1763)
Public DomainPortrait of Louis XV (1763) - Credit: Louis-Michel van Loo

 Louis XV was king of France between 1715 and his death in 1774. However, because he was only five when he succeeded to the throne, one

Philippe d'Orléans (1717)
Public DomainPhilippe d'Orléans (1717) - Credit: Workshop of Jean-Baptiste Santerre

of his relatives, Philippe d’Orléans, acted as regent between 1715 and 1723.  In 1725, Louis married Marie Leszczyńska, a Polish princess, but he was notoriously unfaithful with mistresses such as Madame de Pompadour and Madame du Barry.  As his reign progressed, Louis XV became increasingly unpopular, and an attempt was made on his life in 1757.

Louis XV was succeeded by his grandson, Louis XVI, who was beheaded by guillotine in 1793 during the French Revolution.


Portrait of Madame de Pompadour (c.1750)
Public DomainPortrait of Madame de Pompadour (c.1750) - Credit: François Boucher