The French Revolution Timeline

  • Estates General Called

    Estates General Called
    This estates General Meeting was an address on behalf of the French estates. Clergy, Nobility, and third estates comprise the first, second, and third estates (poor). Louis XVI, the monarch at the time, convened it to discuss and accept additional taxes that would authorize the state to pay its debts.
  • National Assembly Formed

    National Assembly Formed
    From June 17 to July 9, the National Assembly, the first revolutionary government of the French Revolution, was established. It was established as a result of the discord of the estates general that Louis XVI convened in 1789 to address the impending financial crisis.
  • Tennis Court Oath

    Tennis Court Oath
    On June 20, after the peasants were being kept out of their regular meeting place a Versailles and believing that the monarch was ordering them to break up, they relocated to a nearby indoor tennis court. They then pledged there to remain together until France had written a constitution in place.
  • The legacy of the French Revolution

    The legacy of the French Revolution
    Over the course of the nineteenth century, as feudal institutions were abolished, they expanded from France to the rest of Europe. It served as a catalyst for the overthrow of authoritarian governments in Germany, Italy, and Austria.It preserved their national identity, founded their republic, achieved their independence, and embodied the values of liberty, equality, civil rights, and responsible citizenship.
  • The Storming of the Bastille

    The Storming of the Bastille
    A furious and violent mob invaded the Bastille, a state prison on the eastern edge of Paris, and destroyed it because they were after the firearms and gunpowder. This marked a turning point in the French Revolution because it demonstrated that the mass of people could confront and defeat a monarchy.
  • Constitutional Monarchy Formed

    Constitutional Monarchy Formed
    The aim of the constitutional monarchy was to restrict the monarch's authority. These authorities were now delegated to other organisations and in their hands. the judiciary, the executive branch, and the legislative. From September 3rd, 1791, through September, 1792, it governed France.
  • France a Republic

    France a Republic
    Because of the high cost of food and lack of supplies by 1792, the Jacobin's began to prepare an uprising. Additionally, they took over the royal palace and kept it captive for a long time. Then, only men age 21 and above could vote. The elected assembly declared France a republic and ended the monarchy.
  • Monarchy Beheaded

    Monarchy Beheaded
    The French National Convention declared the French monarchs Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette guilty of conspiring with foreign governments in 1793. The following day, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were both put to death.
  • Reign of Terror Begins

    Reign of Terror Begins
    Following the establishment of the First Republic, during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, a number of mass murders and public executions occurred in reaction to revolutionary fervour, antiwar feelings, and treason allegations made by the Committee of Public Safety.
  • Reign of Terror Ends

    Reign of Terror Ends
    When Robespierre is overthrown on July 27, the Reign of Terror comes to an end. Robespierre and his allies are accused of crimes against the Republic by the Convention. Within two days, they are charged, found guilty, and put to death by guillotine.