French Revolution Timeline

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French Revolution Timeline

1793 and 1794

May 5, 1789


Napoleonic Code of Law establishedOne of Napolean's greatest achievements was his codifaction of laws. There was seven codes of law and the most important was the Civil code. This code preserved most of the gains of the revolution by recognizing the principle of the quality of all citizens before the law, the right of the individual to choose a profession, religious toleration, and the abolition of serfdom and fuedalism.

September 30, 1791

June 18, 1815

Louis XVI is executedThe members of the convention split into factions over the fate of the king. The two important factions were the Girondins and the mountain. The mountain won and convinced the national convention to pass a decree to condemn Louis XVI to death. The king was beheaded on the guillotine.

January 21, 1793

August 26, 1789

Frech Revolution Timeline

Spring of 1792

Battle of WaterlooIn Belgium, at Waterloo, Napolean ran into a combined British and Prussian army under the Duke of Wellington. He was defeated and he was exhiled him to St, Helena, a small island in the South Atlantic.

Napoleon’s coup de’tate’ of the French governmentNapolean took part in the coup d'etat that overthrew the government of the directory, in Paris. A new government called the consulte was procaimed. Napolean held absolute power. He controlled the entire government. Two years later he crowned himself Empeopr.

Robespierre's Reign of Terror1793 to 1794 was a terror all over France. The committee of public safety acted to defend France from foreign and domestic threats. This time was known as the reign of terror. Revolutionary courts were set up to prosecute internal enemies of the revolutionary republic. Almost 40,000 people were killed during this time and 16,000 people were killed with the guillotine.


King Louis XVI calls the estates generalThe french government were spending large sums on wars and court luxuries. All the economic problems going on in France forced them to call a meeting of the Estates-General to raise taxes. The estates-general was made up of representatives from the three orders of Frecnch society. The first estate, second estate, and third estate. The first and second were made up of 300 delegates each and the third was made up of almosy 600 delegates.

The Tennis Court OathThere was a voting problem with the estates where the first and second estates can outvote the the third estate. The third estate thought it was unfair and wanted a majority. The third estate decided to draft a constitution and since they were locked out of the meeting place, they moved to a indoor tennis court and over time produced a French constitution. The oath which they swore was called the Tennis Courth Oath.

The Legislative Assembly declares war on AustriaRulers of russia and prussia threatened to use force to restore Louis XVI to full power. The legislative assembly declared war on Austria in the spring of 1792, because of they felt insulted.

The National Assembly adopts the "Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen"The national assembly adopted the rights of man and citizen on august 26. This declaration proclaimed freedom and equal rights for all men, an end to exemptions from taxation, and access to public office based on talent. This allowed all citizens were to have the right to take part in the making of laws, also, fredom of speech and press were affirmed.

The Constitution of 1791 sets up a limited constitutional monarchy in FranceThe constitution of 1791 set up a limited monarchy. The constitution states that there would still be a king, but a legislative assembly would make the laws. The national assembly completed this new constitution.

June 20, 1789


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