Louis XVI had wracked up great debt for France, and the French were discontent with following him. The Enlightenment ideas inspired the 3rd Estate to question their situation. The last time it was called into session was 1614.
The National Assembly Is Established
The National Assembly abolished feudalism, demanded the natural rights, and demanded end to estate discrimination. They also passed the Constitution of 1791, which established a limited monarchy and encouraged free trade.
The Tennis Court Oath
The 3rd Estate elected delegates and declared themselves the rightful National Assembly.
Storming of the Bastille
July 14, 1789
Parisians stormed the Bastille, a prison for political prisoners. It quickly became a symbol of the Revolution. They freed 7 prisoners (5 regular criminals and 2 madmen) and collected gun powder and weapons. It is still a huge celebration today!
The Declaration of the Rights of Man Issued
August 26, 1789
The Declaration of the Rights of Man abolished feudalism, established the natural rights, and demanded an end to estate discrimination.
The French Constitution of 1791
The Constitution of 1791 established a limited monarchy and encouraged free trade.
The Royal Family Attempts to Flee
They were headed toward the Luxembourg border, but the King was recognized at Varennes, near the border.
The Legislative Assembly Established
1 October 1791
The Legislative Assembly was the power in charge after the National Assembly and before the National Convention.
The National Convention Established
The National Convention abolished the monarchy on September 22, 1792.
Beheading of Louis XVI
January 21, 1793
The National Convention voted to execute after conclusively proving Louis' encouragement of foreign intervention.
Committee for Public Safety
The Committee for Public Safety had over 300,000 people arrested and 16,000 - 50,000 executed.
Death of Marat
July 13, 1793
Marat was killed by Charlotte Corday.
The Reign of Terror
5 September 1793 - 28 July 1794
Thousands of people were beheaded and even more were arrested nationwide.
Beheading of Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette was one of the most hated women in all of France.
Death of Robespierre
July 28, 1794
Robespierre was executed without trial.
The Directory Established
2 November 1795
The Directory was a body of five Directors that held executive power in France.
Soaring Food Prices
1787 - 1788
80% of the people of France's income was spent on bread alone.
The March of the Women
October 5, 1789 - October 6, 1789
The women marched on Versailles as a spontaneous demonstration for bread and food. They demanded that the king to return to the capital.