The French Revolution
political change went down as a result of the French Revolution (1789–1799) — hello modern Western intellectual and political culture So, here are a few of the weirdest facts about Revolutionary France In the 1730s, a group of printing apprentices massacred “every cat they could find” on Paris’ Rue Saint-Séverin. The cats were subsequently tried (in a mock trial, BUT STILL), found guilty of witchcraft.The deets: Because of Louis XVI’s financial mismanagement leading up to the Revolution in 1789, the price of flour skyrocketed and caused the cost of a loaf of bread to become equal to a peasant’s monthly earnings. Cue riots. One of the earliest acts of defiance in the Revolution took place on a tennis court.
The deets: The Tennis Court Oath was the first of the French Revolution.Members of the Third Estate (commoners) — clergy and nobility made up the First and Second Estates, respectively — gathered on June 20, 1789, on a tennis court near the Palace of Versailles after being locked out of a meeting of the Estates General.The Oath marked the formation of the National Assembly, as well as the first time French citizens so publicly opposed King Louis XVI.
Marie Antoinette didn’t actually say, “Let them eat cake The dietsdf: Most historians agree that the so-called Madame Deficit probably didn’t care enough about her subjects to ever utter these words. The phrase is now considered a journalistic cliché, and may have originated with rumors among French peasants. Affectionately called the “national razor,” the swift-killing guillotine was popularized during the French Revolution and was a legal form of execution in France until 1981
Interview of Louis XVI
Interviewer: So, Mr. Louis, we have a few questions for you, 8 to be exact.
Louis XVI: Well, ask away.
Interviewer: What was it like to be in the French Revolution?
Louis XVI: Well, it was really bloody; I really missed my family at home. I was not really fond of being away from home. But I do what I have to do.
Interviewer: On the scale of one-ten how disgraceful was it for you?
Louis XVI: For me, it was really about a 6. I was really depressed without my family but I knew I was doing the right thing.
Interviewer: Were you proud of what you did?
Louis XVI: I was proud because I was willing to fight for my side, to risk my life. I think that is something that I should be proud of.
Interviewer: Do you think your family was proud?
Louis XVI: I assume so, I know I am though.
Interviewer: Did you make any friends?
Louis XVI: In war, you really don’t know who your friends are and who your enemies are.
Interviewer: Did you learn any life lessons? If so, what were they?
Louis XVI: Not any that would change my life.
Interviewer: Do you have any experiences that stood out to you?
Louis XVI: Yes, just standing out on the battlefield, it just made me feel like this is where I belong.
Interviewer: Did you shoot anyone?
Louis XVI: I really don’t know, I wasn’t paying attention to where I was aiming just shot, when you are fighting for your life you really don’t think about aiming.