Political Causes

The French government had been an absolute monarchy mode for several hundred years. By definition, the king shared his power with no one.

the king shared his power with no one.

Additionally, there was little judicial ‘due

process’ in France at this time. People who were accused were considered guilty until they could prove their innocence.There was no freedom

of speech or press, and very little freedom

of religion.People who openly criticized the government were jailed, and sometimes never even had a trial.