Marie Antoinette, an Austrian and the wife of King Louis XVI was hated by many as she displayed too much wealth and didnot consider the needs of the people. The third estate also wanted to get rid of the divine right of kings.
Storming of The Bastille
In France, thinkers such as Rousseau and Voltairecriticised the system of government. They said the king had too much power. They wanted to share the power. Their views influenced many people.
When the members of the third estate were locked out of their meeting place in Versailles, they met in the royal tennis court. Here they took an oath- to stay until the constitution was drawn up.
On the 14th of July 1789, a large crowd attacked the Bastille prison because they heard there were guns being stored there. They captured the Bastille and killed the governor.