Meeting of the Estates General in 1789
by Isidore -Stanislaus Helman (1743-1806)
and Charles Monnet (1732-1808)
The Rise of Napoleon and Creation of an Empire
1789 - 1799
Napoleon gained his power with his great military strategy and etiquette. Napoleon was crowned emperor of The First French Empire on December 2, 1804.
The Tennis Court Oath
June 20, 1789
The Tennis Court Oath was a vow "not to separate and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the kingdom is established"
The Storming of the Bastille
July 14, 1789
The Bastille was a fortress built in the late 1300s to protect Paris during the Hundred Years' War. By the late 1700s, the Bastille was mostly used as a state prison by King Louis XVI.
The Reign of Terror
Sep 5, 1793 - Jul 28, 1794
The Reign of Terror was a period of violence during the French Revolution, during this period people perceived to be against the Revolution were publicly executed by guillotine. Many people were murdered and imprisoned, some without a trial.
Napoleon’s Empire Collapses
1806 - 1812
Napoleon’s desire for power led him to the peak of his empire but also to the end of it. His efforts to crush Great Britain and expand the French Empire made him commit three big mistakes
The Congress of Vienna
September 1814 - June 1815
The goals of the Congress of Vienna were to surround France with strong countries to prevent attack, restore balance of power, and restore Europe's royal families to the thrones they held before the Napoleonic wars.