The French Revolution (II)

The French Revolution (II)

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  • The attack was successful, and after they got what they had come for, they took the building apart, brick by brick. They killed all the soldiers, too.
  • On July 14, 1789, French commoners stormed a large prison called Bastille. They wanted more weapons and gunpowder, as well as to free prisoners.
  • Later that year, in October, angry peasant women in Paris began a march on Versailles. They were furious about rising bread prices and less bread, and wanted the king and queen to return to Paris to focus on helping the people there. They were also joined by revolutionaries and anyone else that was unhappy with the monarchs. After the march, Louis and Marie returned to Paris.
  • We want bread! We want fair taxes!
  • In January of 1793, Louis XVI was executed with a guillotine. The guillotine was an instrument used to behead people in France. On October 16 that same year, Marie Antoinette was also executed, also by beheading. The people of France had gotten their revenge. 
  • Following their executions was a period known as the Reign of Terror. In this time, many people were executed, often because others claimed they were enemies of the revolution. The leader at the time was named Maximilien de Robespierre, a French lawyer and politician.
  • After that, France fought a lot of wars, with many battles won by a man named Napoleon Bonaparte. He was emperor of France for ten years, and again a few years later for a short time. He was a very brilliant military leader.
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