March 7, 1785
Charles Louis de Bourbon, 2nd son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette born at Versailles.
June 2, 1786
The older brother Louis Joseph Francois Xavier, Crown Prince dies and Charles Louis becomes Crown Prince.
August 13, 1792
The Royal family is imprisoned in the Temple.
January 21, 1793
Louis XVI is beheaded on the guillotine in Paris after his cousin Louis Philippe ( of the Orleans branch) casts the deciding vote. Charles Louis becomes king at age 7.
July 3, 1793
Louis XVII, now 8 years, is taken from his mother and boarded in the Temple with the family Simon.
October 16, 1793
Marie Antoinette is beheaded, Charles is now an orphan only his sister and an aunt are still in the Temple.
July 28, 1794
General Barras, the "survivor" of the Terror period becomes leader of the regime. He appoints Laurent to be the guardian of Louis XVII. Spain and the Vendee both at war with France negotiate for peace, both want Louis XVII as their first demand.
The prisoner Louis XVII is substituted, Barras wants an ace up his sleeve.
June 1, 1795
Dr. Desault called to the Temple to take care of Louis XVII finds a boy who is not Louis XVII, he reports to the government but his report is missing and he dies of poison a few days later. His friend and fellow doctor Choppart also dies and so does Dr. Doublet, both were consulted by Dussault. A third doctor Dr. Abeille escapes to the U.S.A. and later publishes his story.
June 8, 1795
A boy dies in the Temple one week before Louis XVII is to be handed over to a delegate of the Vendee. The death of Louis XVII is announced the following day.
June 9, 1795
An autopsy is done on the body. The 4 doctors present report : " a boy, who the Commissioners SAY is the son of Louis XVI" Everyone in the Temple is shown the body except the sister Marie Therese and the old servants Tison who still live in the Temple. Dr Thierry, the prison doctor who attended Charles Louis two years previous is not called this time.
June 12, 1795
The body is buried in the cemetery of St. Marquerite.
1795 to 1809
Charles Louis drifts all over Europe, perhaps even America but always under guard, sometimes the families Leschot, Himily but mostly his guardian Montmorin, until Montmorin is killed and Charles on his own at last goes to Berlin, Germany.
Charles meets a stranger who gives him a ride to Berlin and gives him a passport in the name of Karl Wilhelm Naundorf, so he can enter the town. He becomes friendly with a Madame Sonnenfeld who advises him to see the Chief of Police in Berlin, a Mr. LeCoq. Le Coq promises to help him if Charles gives him all his papers. He tells Charles the passport is not good because Naundorf has black hair and brown airs and is 40 years old. Charles is 25 with blond hair and blue eyes.
Charles settles in Spandau with the help of Le Coq and starts a watch repair service, a trade he has been taught by his father Louis XVI.
Charles marries Jeanne Einert, he is happy and hopes everyone will leave him alone.
Louis Charles establishes himself in Brandenbourg.
Louis XVIII, Charles' uncle reigns in France and becomes ill. Now false accusations are made against Charles, first of setting a fire but since he is the only victim the charge is cancelled. Several days later it is counterfeiting and again he is found not guilty, but the judge sentences him to 3 years (more than he would have gotten for counterfeiting) because he cannot prove where he is born until he tells the judge the truth, which is not believed. but he must be taken out of circulation.
June 24, 1828
Charles gets permission to settle as a watch repair man in Crossen. He becomes friendly with town manager Pezold.
Pezold tells him that the government is again going to find an excuse to put Charles in jail, Charles decides to return to France and reclaim his name.
1833 to 1836
Charles is in Paris and soon has a group of almost 50 former court employees who believe his claims and who back him fully. He is the only claimant who ever tried to get this kind of backing with one exception. The false dauphin Richemont once tried to get one person to recognize him and he failed . Charles has 202 documents to prove his claim and he goes to court. The first of all the 40 other claimants to WANT to go to court.
June 13, 1836
Charles is thrown in jail, his papers confiscated, his court case squashed, he is expelled to England.
1836 to 1845
Charles and his family live in England. He works on his inventions and is attacked and knifed. He survives.
January to August 1845
Charles moves to Holland where he sells his inventions, the recoil rifle, the exploding grenade (the Bourbon Bomb) and a marine mine to the Dutch King and his ministers. They offer him a fantastic contract.
August 10, 1845
Charles dies in Delft, Holland, he is buried as Louis XVII with the knowledge of the King and his ministers and his grave is still often visited.
December 22, 1863
Adelberth, the youngest son wants to join the Dutch army and asks to be naturalized. He was born in England and no Englishman may become Dutch but Parliament votes that a French prince can become a Dutchman.