Versailles was the place where the nobles and royalty wanted to be. The nobles and royalty spent most of their time there. Versaille was the Sun King's legacy.
Sun King Dies
Louis XIV had the longest reign in European history. His reign came to an end after 72 years in power. Louis XIV was the center of royalty and nobility in Europe. Was well known for creating Versailles, where nobles wanted to participate in court.
Louis XVI Becomes King
Grandson of Louis XV. Became king at age 19. Married Marie Antoinette, and Austrian to strengthen the French and Austrian Alliance.
New Form of Government- National Assembly
Asstablished the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen. State had control of clergy and church lost its right to collect taxes. Created Constitution of 1971, limiting Kings power.
The Tennis Court Oath
3rd Estate locked out of meeting hall, moved to a tennis court and vowed never to seperate until France had a constitution.
Storming of the Bastille
Peasants came to the aid of the Bourgeoisie. Stormed the Bastille for wepons and gun powder. Freed prisoners.
National Convention Created
All males can vote, regardless of property ownership. Metric System. Voted to kill king.
Louis XVI Killed
On January 21st 1793 Louis XVI was beheaded. Tried to flee France so people of France turned against him. Tensions with other countries increased.
Reign of Terror
Led by Robesoierre. People who opposed the Reolution were executed. Criminal Court held trials of those denounced. Most all were killed. Tens of thousands were beheaded. Mass executions.
End of National Convention
A new form of government called the Directory. Headed by 5 men who goverened France. Weak, inefficient, and dishonest. France was still in debt and poor still suffering.