These two months of prevarication at a time when the problem of maintaining food supplies had reached its climax infuriated the towns and the provinces.
led to a widespread redistribution of property. public debt in France to pay off the Roman Catholic ChurchThe decision to nationalize the lands of the
This regime might have worked if the king had really wanted to govern with the new authorities, but Louis XVI was weak and vacillating and was the prisoner of his aristocratic advisers. On June 20–21, 1791, he tried to flee the country, but he was stopped at Varennes and brought back to Paris.
The gathering of troops around Paris and the dismissal of Necker provoked insurrection in the capital. On July 14, 1789, the Parisian crowd seized the Bastille, a symbol of royal tyranny. Again the king had to yield; visiting Paris, he showed his recognition of the sovereignty of the people by wearing the tricolour cockade.
the decrees of August 4 and the Declaration were such innovations that the king refused to sanction them. The Parisians rose again and on October 5 marched to Versailles. The next day they brought the royal family back to Paris. The National Constituent Assembly followed the court, and in Paris it continued to work on the new constitution.
Assembly and guaranteed by the value of the church lands. Constituent that were issued by the National bonds, assignats and the peasant landowners were undoubtedly the chief beneficiaries, but some farm workers also were able to buy land. The land transfer was made through the sale of bourgeoisie led to a widespread redistribution of property. The public debt in France to pay off the Roman Catholic ChurchThe decision to nationalize the lands of the