French Revolution

  • Lois XVI estates general

    Lois XVI estates general
    Summoning of the Estates General, 1789 4-5 May 1789. The political and financial situation in France had grown rather bleak, forcing Louis XVI to summon the Estates General.
  • national assembly

    national assembly
    During the French Revolution, the National Assembly, which existed from 17 June 1789 to 30 September 1791, was a revolutionary assembly formed by the representatives of the Third Estate of the Estates-General; thereafter it was known as the National Constituent Assembly, although the shorter form was favored.
  • tennis court oath

    tennis court oath
    Tennis Court Oath, French Serment du Jeu de Paume, dramatic act of defiance by representatives of the nonprivileged classes of the French nation (the Third Estate) during the meeting of the Estates-General (traditional assembly) at the beginning of the French Revolution.
  • Storm of bastille

    Storm of bastille
    An event occurred in Paris, France. When revolutionaries stormed and seized control of the medieval armory, fortress, and political prison known as the pastille.
  • Abolition of feudal

    Abolition of feudal
    One of the central events of the French Revolution was to abolish feudalism, and the old rules, taxes and privileges left over from the age of feudalism. The National Constituent Assembly, acting on the night of 4 August 1789, announced, "The National Assembly abolishes the feudal system entirely."
  • Declaration of the rights of man

    Declaration of the rights of man
    The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, set by France's National Constituent Assembly in 1789, is a human civil rights document from the French Revolution.
  • The Wives' March; Louis “kidnapped” back to Paris

    The Wives' March; Louis “kidnapped” back to Paris
    Knowing this, many Parisian women marched towards Versailles and ransacked the apartment of the queen. They even killed the guards. Seeing unrest, the king was asked to move to Paris.
  • the legislative assembly and war.

    the legislative assembly and war.
    The Legislative Assembly's most significant measure was its declaration of revolutionary war against Austria. This decision was orchestrated by Brissot and the Girondins, who believed that war would refocus the revolution, inflame French .nationalism and consolidate their own power.
  • Louis XVI executhion

    Louis XVI executhion
    The execution of Louis XVI by guillotine, a major event of the French Revolution, took place publicly on 21 January 1793 at the Place de la Révolution in Paris.
  • Marie Antoinette executed

    Marie Antoinette executed
    Marie-Antoinette was guillotined in 1793 after the Revolutionary Tribunal found her guilty of crimes against the state. The royal family had been compelled to leave Versailles in 1789 and live in captivity in Paris.
  • The directory

    The directory
    Directory, French Directoire, the French Revolutionary government set up by the Constitution of the Year III, which lasted four years, from November 1795 to November 1799. It included a bicameral legislature known as the Corps Législatif.
  • the dictatorship of Napoleon

    the dictatorship of Napoleon
    Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), also known as Napoleon I, was a French military leader and emperor who conquered much of Europe in the early 19th century. After seizing political power in France in a 1799 coup d'état, he crowned himself emperor in 1804.