Louis XVIwas king of France from1774 to 1792. In 1789 he summoned the Estates-General, but he did not grant the reforms that were demanded and revolution followed. Louis and his queen, Marie Antoinette, were executed in 1793.
Marie Antoinette was the queen of France from 1774 to 1793 as the wife of Louis XVI. Unpopular because of her extravagance and insensitivity toward the masses, she was tried by the Revolutionary Tribunal and executed.
The Estates-General consisted of representatives from the three orders of French society, the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners. Louis XVI calls a meeting of the Estates-General on May 5, 1789, thereby surrendering complete authority of France.
The Tennis Court Oathwas taken when King Louis XVI had locked the deputies of the Third Estate of the Estates-General out of their meeting hall, and they were forced to meet instead in a nearby indoor tennis court. Here, they adopted a pledge to continue to meet until a constitution had been written. Thiswas the birth of the revolution.
The National Assembly was established on June 17, 1789, when the Third Estate voted to constitute itself a “National Assembly” and decided to draw up a constitution. It lasted from June of 1789 to June of 1791.
The Bastillewas a prison in Paris and a symbol of the old regime. The storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Bastilleis a French word meaning "castle" or "stronghold".
Émigréis a French term that literally refers to a person who has "migrated out," but often carries a connotation of self-exile for political or social reasons. This term refers to a French refugee, often aristocratic, who fled the Revolution of 1789 and its aftermath.
Assignatswere banknotes issued by the National Assembly in France during the French Revolution. Originally meant