French Revolution

Between the years 1787 and 1799, France was locked in a bloody revolution. Resulting in the creation of the Inalienable Rights of Man, the French Constitution, the use of the guillotine for executions, the execution of both monarchs and thousands of deaths. This timeline will end with the execution of Marie Antoinette.

Right to Vote

The Constituent Assembly decrees that all free men over the age of 25 have the right to vote.

First Assembly of Notables

The revolution started peacefully when King Louis XVI holds the first Assembly of Notables to attempt to resolve France's financial situation.

Estates General

King Louis XVI is forced to convene an Estates General. But their are quickly faced with a problem of how power of votes should be distributed.

Second Assembly of Notables

The Assembly of Notables convenes a second time to discuss how to assemble the Estates-General and whether to double the number of deputies for the Third Estate

Proclamation of the National Assembly

The Third Estate creates the National Assembly. In response to this Louis XVI closes the meeting hall at Hotel des Menus-Plaisirs. Claiming that the hall needed to be prepared for the royal session on June 22nd. This is the unofficial start of the French Revolution

Tennis Court Oath

Finding their meeting hall closed the members of the Third Estate, now the National Assembly, gathered at Louis' indoor tennis court. Here they agree that France needs to move from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy.

Mirabeau Vs. Dreux-Breze Smackdown

After the Estates-General: Royal Session, King Louis XVI orders the deputies to leave immediately and return the following day, separately, by order. After the king leaves so do a few of the representatives, but a few stay to which the master of ceremonies asks "did you not hear the king's orders?" and this is where Honoré-Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau loses it. "He jumps up from his chair and, utterly infuriated, thunders back at Dreux-Brézé that they had understood very well, and that he (Dreux-Brézé) who does have neither a place in the Estates-General, nor the right to speak there, would be certainly not the man who should remind them of the King's utterances. They were here by the will of the people, and, just to be clear, if he (Dreux-Brézé) hypothetically were in charge of ushering them out, he'd better grow a pair, because they weren't going anywhere except at gunpoint ("the power of the bayonets")."

Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.

Lafayette presents a draft of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen to the National Constituent Assembly

Final Draft of Declaration of the Rights of Man

National Constituent Assembly approves the Declaration of the Rights of Man and adopts a draft of a constitution.

First Assembly of Notables Dissolved

The Notables state that they are unwilling to pay any new taxes. They also believe that the reforms they discussed would be better handled by the Estates-General, since the deputies of the Estates-General were elected by the people, and the Notables were picked by the king.

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