Basically, a bunch of french guys wearing frilly clothing, tights and powdered wigs getting mad at the sheer stupidity of the monarchy for the constant selfishness and moronic laws. Enormous magnitudes of France were sent to the guiotine, Mary Antoinette's unsurpassing ignorance was enforced by her famous quote "Let them eat cake" and Marat was murdered in a bathtub.
Before the you-know-what hit the fan; the culminating events
Sun King noted for shelling out large sums to build palace of Versailles; high taxes; expensive wars; wastefulness
just as the name dictates, a war that lasted seven years
Made monarchy agree to public terms
Horrible to live in France as anybody in the social hierarchy.
Bastille fell; mob attacked prison to free prisoners; killed governer; made example to monarchs that they wouldn’t take their fascist ways anymore; rallying together strengthens a cause
first meeting of Directory; end revolution as middle class has say in government affairs; middle class has own government; votes proper
Marks end of the revolution; middle class government where only property owners can vote
Everything seems better until Napolean screws it up.
Napoleon self-crowns himself emperor of France; changes government back to how pre-revolution government was; not identical but similar
How long people ruled. Suffice to say, most of 'em died or got kick out.
Louie XIV; extravagant king; not in touch with subjects; ordered that all court members were to learn ballet in order to be more graceful in his presence; egotistical motto was "I am the nation."
Both king and queen were executed in 1792 by the guillotine.
Exiled for being be an opressive ruler.
Originally a prominany member of the revoltion; corrupted and paranoid with power; put over 30 000 people to death; responsible for the Reign of Terror