Description: to escape from Paris in order to initiate a counter-revolution. They desired to hide in Austria due to Marie's heritage, and hoped they would find safety in their newly found French Austrian agreement. Their escape only led them as far as the small town of Varennes, where they were recognized and immediately arrested.
When: 20/21 June 1791
Who: Louis XIV, wife Marie Antoinette, and family
Where: Escape from Paris to Austria
Why is this Event Important: The incident was a turning point after which popular hostility towards the French monarchy as an institution, as well as towards the king and queen as individuals, became much more pronounced. The king's attempted flight provoked the charges of treason which ultimately led to his execution in 1793.
What are the effects of the Event: The flight only got them arrested in Varennes