Archive for the 'Chapter 17: Rebellion and Revolution: American Independence and the French Revolution' Category

Napoleon Bonaparte

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Though I have heard a little about Napoleon over the years, I never really knew what he had done that made him such an influential point of history.  I had seen him portrayed in movies as a short guy in a funny hat and tights but never really thought much of him.  In fact, the […]

Execution of Louis XVI

Friday, March 12th, 2010

The Execution of Louis XVI (January 21, 1793) As Told By Henry  Edgeworth De Firmont The carriage arrived . . . in the greatest silence, at the Place Louis XV, and came to a halt in the middle of a large empty space that had been left around the scaffold. This space was bordered with […]

Ch. 17 (The Tennis Court Oath)

Monday, March 8th, 2010

(from: The Tennis Court Oath was a result of the growing discontent of the Third Estate in France in the face of King Louis XVI’s desire to hold onto the country’s history of absolute government. The deputies of the Third Estate were coming together for a meeting to discuss the reforms proposed by Necker, […]

Ch. 17: Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and the Guillotine

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

During the late 18th century, Paris was experiencing a great political uprising commonly known as The French Revolution.  France, perhaps the richest nation of the time, was slowly finding itself in huge amounts of debt thanks to the reigning King, Louis XVI.  Louis’ need for luxurious things ( Palace of Versailles ring a bell?)added more […]