King Louis summoned a meeting of the Estates-General to discuss what to do about the uprising French Revolution.
Tennis Court Oath
June 20, 1789
Royal officials gathered in King Louis' indoor tennis and took an oath together, swearing to not give up until France had a new Constitution.
Storming the Bastille
July 14, 1789
A wild crowd of peasant revolutionaries stormed the Bastille, freeing its prisoners, and murdering its aristocrats
Reign of Terror
September 5, 1793 - July 27, 1794
Revolutionaries assumed power over France. They set out to got get rid of "all enemies of the state", killing thousands of 'guilty' and innocent people with 'La Guillotine'.
Napoleon Comes to Power
October 5, 1795 - April 11, 1814
Napoleon Bonaparte crushed the revolutionaries' attempts to gain complete control of France. Instead, Napoleon became the leader of France.
Napoleon's Empire Collapses
April 11, 1814
Because Britain gained control of all useful seaports, Napoleon and his army were easily defeated at the port of Fontainebleau. Once Napoleon was weak, numerous countries banded together to destroy Napoleon Bonaparte's empire.
The Congress of Vienna
September 1814 - June 1815
The Congress of Vienna was an assembly that returned territories Napoleon Bonaparte had conquered during his reign.