Louis XVII

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Louis XVII

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(Biography) 1785–95, titular king of France (1793–95) during the Revolution, after the execution of his father Louis XVI; he died in prison
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One is a journeyman printer and actor in his thirties who calls himself the Duke of Bridgewater, the other a fake evangelist in his seventies who calls himself the Dauphin, or Louis XVII of France. At various riverside towns in what must be Tennessee, Arkansas, and Louisiana, the king and duke join a revivalist camp meeting, mount farcical Shakespearean or pornographic productions, and finally masquerade as English claimants to a legacy of one Peter Wilks.