French Revolution

Prior to the French Revolution

Major events and people that helped cause the French Revolution

Rule of Louis XIV

1657 - 1715

Sun King's rule was noted for spending huge amounts of money, on things like Versailles, his palace, high taxes and expensive battles and wars

The French Revolution

Major events of the Frech Revolution

Seven years War Ends


Started in1756 and ended when the Treaty of Paris was signed, New France was declared a British possession.

Louis XVI Becomes King


Louis XVI was not prepared to be king, and did not have the qualities of the French ruler to cope with the troubles.

American Declaration of Independence


Is a written statement of principles of democracy and freedom.

The Estates General Summoned

January 1789

Was only called in when the state was in a serious crisis.

Fall of Bastille


Mob attacked the prison and released the prisoners, as well as killed the Govenor, and massive destruction.

Tennis Court Oath

June 1789

Is a pledge that the delegates would keep meeting until France had a new form of government.

Fall of Bastille

July 14 1789

July 14, 1789 a great mob attacked the royal prison and fortress know as "the Bastille"

All Feudal Privileges Abolished

August 1789

All priveleges of the nobles were abolished, i.e : titles were not to be used.

October Days

October 1789

An epic march that forced the royal court back to Paris.

Civil Constitution of the Clergy


Was a law passed in 1790 that subordinated the Roman Catholic church in France to the French Government.

Flight to Varennes


When King Louis XVI and his family attempted to escape France.

Monarchy Overthrown

August 1792

French Monarchy was overthrown because King Louis XVI earlier had attempted to flee France.

Convention Meets

October 1792

Comprised the constitutional and legislative assembly which sat from 20 September 1792 to 26 October 1795

Louis XVI was executed

January 1793

Found guilty of Treason and executed on Jan 21 1793.

Reign of Terror begins

September 1793

The Reign of Terror begins when Robespierre declares Terror "the order of the day."

Marie Antoinette Executed

October 1793

Marie Antoinette's husband was deposed and the royal family was imprisoned. Marie Antoinette was tried, convicted of treason and executed by guillotine on 16 Oct. 1793

Fall of Robespierre; Thermidor Periode Begins

July 1794

People began turning on Robespierre, and had him executed.

The Directory first meets.


The end of the Revolution, where middle class established that only people who own properties can vote.

After The French Revolution

The last of the French Revolution changed the Government back to the way it used to be.

Napoleon crowns himself emperor


Was crowned in December 2nd, 1804