French Revolution


Meeting of the estates general

May 5 1789 - May 5, 1789

The meeting of the estates general was a bad day for the 3rd estate, but not for long. The meeting of the estates general was a meeting called by the king (Louis XVI) including the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd estates of France. With the 1st and 2nd estate being rich and powerful they had a lot of say in the meeting. The meeting was held because the king wanted to raise taxes and most of those taxes would go to the very poor third estate. The king needed to tax because they had spent billions of dollars on the french and Indian war and his very expensive wife. This angered the 3rd estate and it called for only one thing. A revolution,

The tennis court oath

June 20 1789 - June 20, 1789

The 3rd estate, now called the national assembly had been greatly angered after being locked out of the room during the meeting of the estates general. Now all the people of the national assembly which was made up of 97% of the country's population. They all went to a huge tennis court (which was the only place big enough to fit all the people) and took an oath. The oath they took was saying that all the people of the third would stick together in the revolution that they will start. They were ready for a life where they had rights in government and their community.

The storming of the Bastille

July 14, 1789

A month later, after the tennis court oath had been taken by the low class of France they started to plan. They needed to get some mean of weapons and the perfect place was the huge prison called Bastille. The prison was absolutely filled to the top with things that could kill people. The national assembly came by the hundreds to steal weapons, and they killed guards as well as many of the prisoners staying there. This was one of the worst days in the french revolution and it showed that these people were not joking. This lead to the great fear.

The Reign Of Terror

September 5 1793 - July 28 1794

The reign of terror was a time of low heads and locked doors. The reign of terror was lead by a man named Maximilien Robespierre. He was a man that was a little crazy. As the name tells you the reign of terror was a fear that the high class of France were going to bombarded by the 3rd estate. Many landlords, 2nd and 3rd estates people, and the king and queen themselves were killed by the mighty guillotine at the hands of Robespierre. Over 40,000 people were killed some because they were high class, but most because of small things such as using the formal monsieur or wearing the wrong sized clothes. The reign of terror was ended when Maximilien Robespierre died doing what he loved, by the guillotine.

The Rise Of Napoleon And Creation Of An Empire

1804 - 1814

Now that the reign of terror had ended with Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette dead the country of France was without a leader. The country was trying to find a good leader that would not take over like the previous. An army general that had worked his way up from a small troop leader was chosen. This man was the great, amazing 5' 3" man himself, Napoleon Bonaparte. He was a great man that had won over 60 battles for France. He was trusted by many in the country of France and when they gave him a little room for leader he rose to power like a madman. He was not satisfied with a small leader name and he crowned himself emperor. Usually the Pope would give the crown to the queen or king but Napoleon took the crown for himself, saying he himself had power over the Pope. This was the rise of the Napoleon empire.

Napoleon's Empire colapses

April 11 1814 - April 11, 1814

This was a day of victory for France. They had finally gotten rid of crazy people as kings, queens, and emperors. Napoleon had finally been taken from throne and exiled to the island of saint Helena where he would be left for 1 year. Napoleon got off the island for a small moment to have one more moment in the spotlight of the French revolution. That was the Battle of Waterloo.

The Battle of Waterloo

June 18 1815 - June 18, 1815

The battle of Waterloo was the last leg of the French revolution. Napoleon was facing the British army and Napoleon was saying his last speech to his army. The French army rode bravely to the field where they lost the battle. Napoleon did not die in the battle, but was exiled by the French people. He spend his last days sitting around where he soon died of a stomach problem. The French people were now freed to be a great nation once again.