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French Revolution

The Enlightenment A new way of thinking. An era when scientists, artists and others embraced reason.
Absolute monarchy The king had all of the power.
Louis XV1 king of France 1798
Estates-General the French Parliament
First Estate the Church
Second Estate the nobility
Third Estate ordinary people e.g. lawyers, doctors
San culottes the poor people of Paris
The Tennis Court Oath the promise by the Third Estate that they would not go home unless they were given reform.
The Flight to Varennes the king's attempt to escape to Holland and the protection of the Austrian Emperor.
Jacobins group who wanted rapid change to the way France was governed, led by Maximilien Robespierre.
Reign of Terror summer 1793 to summer 1794 when thousands of people were arrested and killed by the Committee of Public Safety.
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Slogan of the French Revolution: Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood
Fall of the Bastille A large prison fortress that was attacked and captured by the people of Paris
14th July 1789 Storming of the Bastille. Its anniversary is celebrated every year in France.
Guillotine invented to be a more humane form of execution.
Created by: dkeenaghan