king flight midterm - 1 Know how the kings flight occurred Marie Antoinette and Madame de Tourzel(the childrens aristocratic governess woke the children

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1. Know how the king’s flight occurred:Marie Antoinette and Madame de Tourzel (the children’s aristocratic governess) woke thechildren, and told their nurses of the departure. The children were put in disguises, both dressed as girls.The nurses were lead out of the palace and to a waiting carriage. Tourzel and the royal children slippedout when they knew a large group of servants were leaving the palace and walked to the carriage, whichwas driven by Axel von Ferson. Ferson drove around the city and then returned to the same spot.Elizabeth (Louis XVI’s sister), in disguise, escaped next out of a secret door built into the woodwork.Louis, in order to leave next, was held up by a surprise visit from General Lafayette and the Mayor ofParis. After they were gone, Louis excused himself to bed, dismissed his servants, and then changed intohis disguise. Cane in hand, Louis crossed the courtyard to the waiting carriage. The Queen was the lastto escape, and was almost seen by Lafayette. The royal family wanted to avoid the popularneighborhoods of Paris where activity went on well into the late hours of the night and suspicions ranhigh. They reached the berline (bigger coach that was made), boarded, and the smaller coach waspushed into a ditch. The family moved on, reaching a relay post to switch out horses. Other than a wheelhitting a stone and a 45-repair job, the ride went off without a hitch. Louis looked over maps and anitinerary, and Marie went over the roles they were each going to assume. They, however, eventually gotbored with this and began to take off their hats and veils and lower their blinds to observe the people inthe towns. The King would even exit the berline at relay posts to talk to people about the weather andthe crops, which their 3 bodyguards tried to discourage. Louis was recognized many times, but wasallowed to pass because of people’s uncertainty; however, once messengers began to arrive from Parisconfirming the King’s escape and announcing the National Assembly’s decree to stop

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