After helping America with their revolution, and previous kings spending money recklessly, King Louis XVI is finding that France's banks are empty, though not his fault.
Storming of the Bastille
Because of the loss of money, Louis called a meeting of the Estates-General. This special assembly was made up of three groups, or estates, the clergy, the nobility, and the common people. The third estate thought they wouldn't get a fair vote because they were lesser people than the rest, so they left.
Death of King Louis XVI
When the third estate left their meeting place, they went to an indoor tennis court on the palace grounds. The named themselves the national assembly and swore the 'Oath of the Tennis Court', kicking off the revolution.
The people of French were nervous about soldiers at Versailles. They armed themselves and went to the Bastille, a large prison in Paris. The demanded that the governor give them his cannons, and in the confusion, a battle broke out. The governor, soldiers and other officials died and the seven prisoners were freed. This day is known as Bastille Day, or French Independence Day.
After the king tried to flee for fear of his own safety, the people caught him and cut off his head.
Maximilian Robespierre believed that the French needed to do more to help the revolution. He was convinced that to get control of the government, everything done was okay. He meant to kill all who were supporting the government by guillotine.