French Revolution


Call of the Estates Generals

May 5, 1789

The Estates General were reluctantly summoned by King Louis XVI in May of 1789 with an aim to solve the monarchy’s financial crisis. There were three classes represented by the Estates General: the nobles, clergy and the rest of the population.

Tennis Court Oath

June 17, 1789

After being removed from the Estates General, the Third Estate forms the National Assembly. They then swear to the Tennis Court saying that they will not leave until there is a new constitution in power

Storming of the Bastille

July 14, 1789

Angry revolutionaries storm the Bastille. By doing this, not only does it serve to make a statement against the monarchy but the mob also attained weapons and gunpowder that were kept in the prison.

Declaration of the Rights of Man

August 26, 1789

The Declaration of the Rights of Man is written and states that all men are equal under law.

March on Versailles

October 5, 1789

Parisian market women lead a march on Versailles to protest about scarcity and high price of bread.

Royal Family attempts to flee

June 20, 1791

King Louis XVI and his family attempt to flee from France but are caught at Verannes. They are sent back to Paris where the King is forced to go on trial.

Execution of the King

January 21, 1793

After being put on trial the king is sentenced to death. He is executed by the guillotine on January 21, 1793.

Reign of Terror

September 1793 - July 1794

Thousands of people are sentenced to death by execution that is caused by conflict between two political parties the Jacobins, and the Girondins. The leader of the Jacobins, Maximilien arises as a new leader of the Revolution.

Execution of Robespierre

July 27 1794

Maximilien Robespierre, leader of the Jacobins, is executed and the power of the Jacobins fall with him. The Girondins gain more power as a result.

Rise of Napoleon