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King Louis XVI's Execution
The Reign of Terror
The Coup of 18–19 Brumaire
After King Louis XVI and his wife was forced to move to Tuileries from the Women’s March on Versailles, opposition against the pair grew. The opposition grew so much that the King and his wife were forced to try and flee to Austria, but was ultimately caught in Varennes. They were taken back to Paris and the King was reduced to a mere figurehead. Then evidence of Louis XVI’s counterrevolutionary plans with Austria and other foreign nations was discovered, he was convicted and condemned to death by a narrow majority. His execution was on On January 21, 1793.
The Terror started on September 5, 1793, when Maximilien Robespierre, leader of the Committee of Public Safety and the radical group known as the Jacobins gave his speech on virtue and terror. The Reign of Terror was driven by fears of foreign invasion and rumors about counter-revolutionary activities. The Committee of Public Safety implemented several new laws that allowed them to prosecute and execute citizens, which turned teh city into a state of chaos. In July 1794, Robespierre threatened the Committee of Public Safety which led to his arrest and execution on July 28th, 1794, ending the Reign of Terror.
The Coup of 18–19 Brumaire was the event that ended the French Revolution and create the path for Napoleon Bonaparte to rule over France later. The coup was planned by Abbé Sieyès and Talleyrand on November 9, 1799, and was assisted by Napoleon Bonaparte. The plan was to bring the whole Directory into a fake meeting, under the intimidation of Bonaparte’s troops. On November 10, Bonaparte and his troops stormed through into the meeting. The members of the Directory was forced decree the end of the Directory and create a new consular government that would be lead by Bonaparte himself.
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