Louis XVI appears frequently in Scott's "The Life of Napoleon". This day, January 21st, in 1793, is the date of Louis' execution by guillotine. Louis' crime, according to France's National Convention, was treason. Scott comments:
"...In short, whatever Louis XVI did, which had the least appearance of gratifying those who had lost all for his sake, was accounted an act of treason against freedom and the principals of the revolution..."