French Revolution Timeline(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻


Meeting of the Estates General

May 5, 1789

The first estate is made up of the Clergy. These were people who worked for the church including priests, monks, bishops, and nuns. The second estate is made of the french nobility, these people got special privileges, and didn't have to pay most of the taxes. The third estate these people were the peasants, craftspeople, and laborers of the land, they paid taxes including a tax on salt.

The Tennis Court Oath

June 20 1789

National Assembly gathered to enter the meeting hall at the Hôtel des Menus-Plaisirs at Versailles, but the doors were locked and guarded. Assembly proceeded to the nearest available space, a tennis court. Gathering on the floor of this court, the deputies (577 of them) took an oath, hastily written by Emmanuel Sieyès and administered by Jean-Sylvain Bailly.

The Storming of the Bastille

July 14 1789

Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm the Bastille, a royal fortress and prison. This started the French Revolution and a decade of political terror. King Louis XVI was overthrown and tons of people, including the king and his wife Marie-Antoinette, were executed.

The Reign of Terror

September 5, 1793 - July 27, 1794

The first victim was Marie Antoinette. She had been imprisoned with her children after she was separated from Louis. First they took her son Louis Charles from her. He disappeared from suspicious circumstances. The Terror was designed to fight the enemies of the revolution. Most of the people were ordinary people. 40,000 dead.

The rise of Napoleon and Creation of an Empire

1799 - 1804

Napoleon was born Born on the island of Corsica, he rapidly rose through the military ranks during the French Revolution. He seized political power in France and then he crowned himself emperor in 1804. He expanded his empire and tried hard to expand more.

The Congress of Vienna

November 1814 - June 1815

It was a meeting of the ambassadors. They met to discuss and and try to have long term peace in Europe. The goal was not to restore old boundaries but to resize the main powers. Wanted to balance each other and restore peace.

Napoleon's Empire Collapses


Napoleon’s desire for power led him to the peak of his empire but it also led him to the end of it. His efforts to crush Great Britain and expand the French Empire made him commit some big mistakes. He also tried to conquer Portugal through Spain.