I am so glad I decided to build my chateau at Versailles.
I need food
French government is broke and people are starving
We can't be spending so much money anymore because we are going broke.
help we need food
King Louis calls a meeting of the Estates General
I have called this Estates Generals meeting
King Louis XIV was the king of France from 1643 until 1715. His armies fought some expensive wars and he lived a very rich lifestyle.
Third Estate walks out of the Estates-General meeting
Louis XIV armies fought some expensive wars and lived a very rich lifestyle. So did the kings come after him. The country was running out of money. The French people were starving and angry.
The National Assembly decided to write a constitution
The Third Estate led the way, but some nobles and church leaders joined them. They changed the name of the gathering from Estates-General to National Assembly.
French peasants storm the Bastille
We got Bastille!!! Yeah!!!
The Third Estate disagreed with the others so they left.
I am leaving, I disagree with your ideas!
we should make a constitution with a layout of all the rules of the new government
The National Assembly or Third Estate decided to write a constitution for France. This would lay out all the rules of the new government. The king was not happy about this. He sent a messenger to tell them to stop, but the revolutionary group did not listen. Instead, they threatened to become violent.
Revolutionaries in Paris were worried because there were rumors that the military was going to Versailles. A mob of angry people in Paris stormed and captured the old royal prison in Paris, called the Bastille, on July 14. The revolution had truly begun.