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  • The March on Versailles
  • Be merry and eat bread! Might as well dine like kings!
  • The March on Versailles
  • When the Commune did not respond, the crowd of women elected to march on Versailles and take their grievances directly to the king. Armed with pikes, scythes, clubs, muskets and some small cannon stolen from the Hôtel de Ville, they marched out of Paris at noon and trudged the 12 miles to Versailles in the rain.
  • Give us bread!
  • The March on Versailles
  •  “My friends, I shall go with you to Paris, with my wife and children. It is to my good and faithful subjects that I confide all that is most precious to me”. 
  • The group stormed through the palace intent on murdering Mary Antoinette, and demanding for the King (and his family) to travel back to Paris. 
  • The revolution’s fateful journées, the events of early October were triggered by provocative rumors regarding the king and his soldiers. The people wondered why the king and the soldiers ate/drank heartily when the Parisians couldn't even afford bread, causing outrage.
  • The Reign of Terror
  • During the Reign of Terror, at least 300,000 suspects were arrested; 17,000 were officially executed, and perhaps 10,000 died in prison or without trial.
  •  "Softness to traitors will destroy us all."
  • By October 5th the mood in Paris had reached critical mass. That morning a crowd of between 5,000 and 10,000 people gathered outside the Hôtel de Ville and demanded the city release its supplies of bread. 
  • The Reign of Terror
  • KILL THE KING
  • The Committee of public safety exercised virtual dictatorial control over the French government. Including suspending a suspect’s right to public trial and to legal assistance, leaving the jury a choice only of acquittal or death.
  • On the afternoon of October 6th the king, his family, his royal retinue and several deputies to the Assembly departed Versailles for Paris.
  • The Reign of Terror
  • The Committee of Public Safety  suppressed Christianity and even executed a group of nuns who refused to renounce their faith.
  • “In a few days, I will have them all guillotined in Paris.”
  • The Reign of was a brief, but deadly, period where Robespierre (the Committee of Public Safety and the Revolutionary Tribunals) condemned thousands of people to die on the guillotine. 
  • Robespierre 
  •  The death of Louis XVI in 1793 began the Reign of Terror, with the first victim being Marie Antoinette.
  • King Louis XVI
  • The Terror was designed to fight the enemies of the revolution, to prevent counter-revolution from gaining ground. However, most of the people rounded up were not aristocrats, but ordinary people
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