Marching Versailles

Marching Versailles

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  • Women Plotting against King and Queen 
  • Do you think they had other reasons for starting the riot?
  • Storming Versailles 
  • Do you think they were too aggressive? 
  • Breaking into the King's Chambers 
  • What would have happened if they had killed the Queen in the King's chambers? Do you think things would have turned out differently?
  • October 5, 1789, market and fisherwomen were outraged by the increasing and unaffordable prices of bread.  Together they formed a mob of thousands of French women to attack the Palace of Versailles.  They were supported by the revolutionaries to bring down the King and Queen of France. 
  • They stormed the Palace early in the morning and broke down the doors with the weapons they stole from the city armory.  It was a vicious and bloodthirsty march, killing anyone who stood in their way of getting to the King and Queen, including putting some guards severed heads on pikes. While they wanted to bring back the King to Paris, they wished death upon the Queen and would have happily killed her there. 
  • Contrary to the popular line, "Let them eat cake." The Queen never said anything like that, she probably didn't have enough time to register that they were attacking the Palace before it was too late.  Marie Antionette ran to her husband's chambers to escape the invaders.  There, she and her family were taken to Paris.  
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