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Looking up dates of changes to the UK suicide laws, I kept coming across statements on this topic:
"Tony Scott was British. In 1670, at common law (English), Louis XIV made suicide illegal as a criminal act with the person’s property confiscated and the person’s body dragged face down through the streets."
That is, not the Tony Scott topic, but the topic of Louis XIV having created a decree in English law about how to deal with suicide victims.
Um, that's Louis XIV *OF FRANCE* having created a decree in English law about how to deal with suicide victims.
Was this started by an idiot on wikipedia, or something?
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Louis XIV was King Charles II first cousin and that suicide law has the Catholic Church written all over it. King Charles II declared himself a Roman Catholic in order to gain the Church's favor and support against the Dutch.
1670 is also the year in which France and England signed a secret alliance in an attempt to end the ongoing wars between England and the Dutch.
So it's possible that this information is at least partly correct. Although it was probably not publicly known that the law was from Louis XIV, and of course somebody must have first translated the original law to English.
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