King Louis The Old Regime
It all began with the monarchs, as most uprisings do, King Louis XVI and his Austrian wife Marie Antoinette. Tensions evolved rapidly as a dark cloud hung over France- one that showered us with crop failure and food shortages. People hit the epitome of savage as they run wild in mobs raiding bakeries and stealing bread out of children’s quivering hands. To thwart the developing crisis, King Louis …show more content…
The slogan “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity” adhered to the Revolution and was admired by the radical group, the sans-culottes (those without knee breeches). The sans-culottes, to some were viewed as nebulous, violent mobs, but to others they were the life and movement in the uprising. Some members of the profound group were women, famous for their significant march to Versailles. Average, but valiant women, smelling of the fish harbor would be the ones to force the royalty to move into Paris. As the fearless women advance to Versailles, thousands other women joined through the cobblestone streets chanting “Bread, more bread, and not so many words” while raising pikes, scythes, clubs, and muskets in the air. When they got to Versailles, they tore apart the lavish, opulent, and gold plated rooms, including “Madame Deficit’s” bedroom. From there the family was forced to flee to Paris, putting both monarchs in great peril and in the vengeful hands of the …show more content…
Louis must die so that the country may live.” The country remained just as chaotic after the monarch’s death, although they celebrated the view of King Louis’s detached head immensely in local pubs.
Robespierre justified his dictatorship by declaring “Terror is only justice: prompt, severe and inflexible. It is then an emanation of virtue.”
The French Revolution is said to end when Robespierre was guillotined on July 28th, 1794. Révolution française was a period of both temerity and amazement for different people banding together for the forces of change. But I ask, how much did the revolution truly accomplish, and at what extent of bloodshed we deem acceptable for the “greater good of change”. Robespierre, amidst his many flaws was correct by addressing that the Revolution within the Revolution was crucial to France’s success. But many innocent lives were lost, during the period of violent oppression.
As we enter this time of uncertainty with Napoleon dead, and the revolution far behind us, we wonder what France has next in store, and how many lives will have to be lost in order to surly end this social