• Jacques Necker

    Jacques Necker
    Jacques Necker was a Genevan banker who became a finance minister for Louis XVI and a French statesman. Necker played a key role in French history before and during the first period of the French Revolution. Necker's chief weakness as a politician was his vanity and his anxiety to preserve his popularity at all costs.
  • jean-Paul Marat

    jean-Paul Marat
    Jean-Paul Marat was a French political theorist, physician and scientist. He was a journalist and politician during the French Revolution. He was a vigorous defender of the sans-culottes and seen as a radical voice. He published his views in pamphlets, placards and newspapers.
  • Olympe de Gouges

    Olympe de Gouges
    Olympe de Gouges was a French playwright and political activist whose writings on women's rights and abolitionism reached a large audience in various countries. She began her career as a playwright in the early 1780s. As political tension rose in France, Olympe de Gouges became increasingly politically engaged.
  • Marie antonetee

    Marie antonetee
    Marie Antoinette was born on November 2, 1755 in Vienna, Austria. She was the youngest daugghter of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and Holy Roman Emperor Francis I. She lived a carefree childhood and recieved a typical 18th century education that an aristocratic girl would recieve. This was significant because Marie would have a good background and would also know alot about religion which was needed to be Queen.
  • Maximilien Robespierre

    Maximilien Robespierre
    Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre was a French lawyer and statesman who was one of the best-known and most influential figures of the French Revolution. Robespierre was arrested and guillotined because he practice equality severely and issued new rules according to which people had to eat the plain bread, everybody was to be called citizens instead of Sir or madam.
  • George Jacques Danton

    George Jacques Danton
    George Jacques Danton was a leading figure in the early stages of the French Revolution, in particular as the first president of the Committee of Public Safety. Within months he knew this power was a terrible mistake and fought to have it ended. Robespierre stopped him and used the Tribunal to have Danton and all opposition killed, consolidate his power and slaughter uncounted thousands of French men, women, and children. Ultimately he followed Danton to the guillotine.
  • King Louis XIV

    King Louis XIV
    Louis XVI came heir to the throne in 1774 being the last Bourbon king of France. King Louis XVI let the French Revolution come crashing down on him which later led to his execution in 1793.
  • Formation of National Assembly

    Formation of National Assembly
    After the Third Estate saw how they were getting treated in the means of a vote, they decided to make their own representation which was the National Assembly. The Third Estate demanded that King Louis XVI make financial/economic reforms so the people would be able to eat. The National Assembly seemed to take control over the government for about 10 years.
  • Tennis Court Oath

    Tennis Court Oath
    Seeming to be locked out of their usual meeting hall, the supporters of the National Assembly moved to a nearby Tennis Court. There they took an oath to never separate until a constitution was established for France. King Louis XIV gave in and forced nobility and clergy to join the National Assembly.
  • Battle of bastille

    A prison in Paris, known as the Bastille, was attacked by an angry mob. This event symbolically marked the beginning of the French Revolution.
  • Jacobins

    The Jacobins were members of an influential political club during the French Revolution. They were radical revolutionaries who plotted the downfall of the king and the rise of the French Republic. Jacobin is sometimes used in the United Kingdom as a pejorative for radical, left-wing revolutionary politics.
  • National Convention formed

    National Convention formed
    The National Convention was elected to provide a whole new constitution for France after the overthrow/execution of the monarchy. The National Convention seemed to take part in the rid of Robespierre, and later approved a constitution to replace the National Convention.
  • Louis XVI is executed

    Louis XVI is executed
    Being accused of working with foreign powers, King Louis XVI was sentenced to death by the National Convention for treason. He was executed via guillotine.
  • Reign of Terror

    Reign of Terror
    The purpose of the Reign of Terror was to rid France of their enemies and protect the country from foreigners. Maximilien Robespierre was at the head of this operation of executions and the killings didn’t stop till after he was executed in 1794.
  • The Directory is formed

    The Directory is formed
    This Revolutionary government was set up by the constitution in means to help solve the problems in France. It lasted 4 years, barely making any progress, leading to the rising of Napoleon.