The Enlightenment was a intellectual movement where philosophers used science to explain how the world words. This went against the ideas of the church and got people questioning the authority of kings.
Reign of Louis XVI
1774 - 1793
King Louis XVI became the king in 1774, he ruled as an absolute monarch until his execution in 1793. He was a weak leader since he ignored his duties, made decisions solely on his own opinion, acted against his people, and had bad spending habits.
Storming of the Bastille
July 14th, 1789
The Bastille was stormed and overtook by angry citizens as a protest. The Bastille also had useful resources for them. This marked the start of the French Revolution.
Declaration of the Rights of Man
August 26, 1789
The National Assembly created the Declaration of the Rights of Man to state the rights that they deserved.
Beheading of Louis XVI
January 21, 1793
As a part of the revolution and to get rid of the monarchy, the revolutionists killed and beheaded King Louis XVI.
Reign of Terror
September 5th, 1793 - July 28th, 1794
The Reign of Terror was a time period when revolutionists would kill anyone they thought was against the Revolution.
Napoleon Comes Into Power
In 1779, after the reign of terror, Napoleon came into power first as a military leader, and soon as the emperor.
1803 - 1815
The Napoleonic Wars were a series of wars led by Napoleon against other European countries.
Congress of Vienna
The Congress of Vienna was created after all the wars to create an alliance between European countries and restore the monarchs.
Defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo
Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo. He was then removed from power and exiled.