Women's March on Versailles

Women's March on Versailles

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  • On October 4th, 1789, a crowd of women armed with pitchforks, pikes, and muskets - marched towards Versailles demanding bread for their families. The overall purpose for the march was to protest the shortage of bread.  
  • King Louis had agreed to meet with some of the women to distribute bread throughout the crowd around his palace. However, Marie Antoinette was the target for these angry women. She told the starving peasants, "let them eat cake".
  • After waiting for King Louis to come outside of the palace, the women decided they have had enough. They decided to break into the Kings palace. Marie Antoinette was no where to be found within the palace. Eventually, the women assembled to the courtyard and demanded to see the queen. She emerged with her two children, using them as human shields. The crowd of women yelled disturbing and awful things towards the Queen, but they did not kill her. They had realized their strength against the monarchy. 
  • After all of the chaos happening, the women demanded that the King and his family return to Paris with them. 
  • The King and his family marched to Paris. He could never return back to his palace in Versailles. He would be living in the Tuileries Palace.   
  • After they had returned to Paris, they became prisoners of the third estate (also known as the "common people"). They were prisoners until their respective executions in 1791. 
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