|Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia|
Charles Emmanuel became King of Sardinia in 1796, 21 years after he began his childless marriage to his beloved Marie Clotilde. His reign was not to be peaceful for long and just two years later the French First Republic declared war on Sardinia, leaving Charles with a vastly depleted kingdom. With Clotilde at his side he travelled to Italy and settled in Naples quite happily, surrounded by friends and family.
|Marie Clotilde of France by Johann Julius Heinsius, 1780|
Sadly Marie Clotilde passed away in 1802 aged just 42 and Charles was so distressed by her death that he decided that the life of a king was no longer for him. On 4th June 1802 he abdicated the throne in favour of his brother, Victor Emmanuel. Charles lived on until 1819 in contemplative seclusion, his life forever changed by the death of the wife he adored.
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