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A watershed event in modern European history, the French Revolution began in 1789 and ended in the late 1790s with the ascent of Napoleon Bonaparte. During this period, French citizens razed and redesigned their country’s political landscape, uprooting centuries-old institutions such as absolute monarchy and the feudal system.

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Louis-Charles, the unfortunate son of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. Separted from his mother, dying of tuberculosis, this little prince suffered greatly. Read more on: Titillating Tidbits About the Life and Times of Marie Antoinette Louis Xvi, French History, European History, Bourbon, Rue Rivoli, Miss Clara, 2. November, Charles Perrault, French Royalty

Titillating Tidbits About 18th Century France

Jewelry Cabinet This jewelry armoire was designed for Marie Antoinette by the cabinet maker Jean-Ferdinand Schwerdfeger and decorated with bronze wo…

"The unfortunate Marie Antoinette Queen of France at the place of execution, October mezzotint, 1793 (British Museum) French History, European History, Louis Xvi, Marie Antoinette, French Royalty, Maria Theresa, Francis I, Ludwig, French Revolution

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Maximilien de Robespierre was the mastermind of the Reign of Terror the dark side of the French Revolution that perverted its high ideals of democracy with fanaticism and cruelty. Only Robespierre’s own beheading ended the slaughter.

Maximilien Robespierre | He was the “incorruptible” who orchestrated the Great Terror.

Maximilien de Robespierre (1758-1794) was the mastermind of the Reign of Terror (1793-1794), the dark side of the French Revolution that perverted its high ideals of democracy with fanaticism and cruelty. Only Robespierre’s own beheading ended the slaughter. A man of stern virtue and morality, he was a small town lawyer who made his name at the opening of the revolution but turned radical with the pressures of power. His early enlightened views were eclipsed by his fanaticism as he was…

French Revolution Playing Card, France, The Jack of Hearts becomes "Equality of Duties" with the motto "Security. French History, European History, French Revolution History, Marie Antoinette, Culture Of France, Jack Of Hearts, Vintage Playing Cards, Vintage Ephemera, Deck Of Cards

French Revolution playing card issued 1793, Jack of Hearts becomes "Equality of Duties" with the motto "Security"

Images of the French Revolution Released Online The guillotine (via French Revolution Digital Archive). Great collection of FR images.The guillotine (via French Revolution Digital Archive). Great collection of FR images. French History, European History, Marie Antoinette, Ludwig Xiv, Luis Xvi, Father Images, French Royalty, French Revolution, Russian Revolution

14,000 Images of the French Revolution Released Online

The French Revolution Digital Archive, a partnership between Stanford University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, was announced this week with some 14,000 high-resolution images.

Marie Antoinette As A Hog-Chewing Harpy And More Freaky Pics From The French Revolution Ap European History, Modern World History, French History, Satirical Cartoons, Political Cartoons, French Revolution, American Revolution, Marie Antoinette, Caricatures

Marie Antoinette As A Hog-Chewing Harpy And More Freaky Pics From The French Revolution

The newly launched French Revolution Digital Archive has over 14,000 images available to the public. Get ready for a truly bizarre ride.

dried heart of louis charles, son of marie antoinette and louis xvi Louis Xvi, Roi Louis, Marie Antoinette, Bourbon, Paris, French Royalty, Maria Theresa, Francis I, French History

The Death of the Lost King of France

Louis Charles (the second son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette) had followed his parents when they were taken from Versailles to Paris by an angry mob in October 1789. When Louis XVI was executed on January 21, 1793, Louis Charles had become King Louis XVII automatically. At this time he was just eight years old. So far the little boy had stayed from his mother and his aunt but this was to change. Louis Charles in 1792 On July 3, 1793 Louis Charles was suddenly removed from his mother and…

This super creepy death mask of French revolutionary journalist Jean Paul Marat seems to capture his personality as well as his facial features. Robert E Lee, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Morgue Photos, Famous People In History, Creepy History, Post Mortem, Life After Death

This super creepy death mask of revolutionary journalist Jean Paul Marat seems to capture his personality as well as his facial features.

THE REAL PLAYERS: Portrait of Count Axel de Fersen (played by Tyrone Power in the film) who died a violent death as well years later in Versailles, Marie Antoinette, Louis Xvi, Luis Ix, French Royalty, 18th Century Costume, French History, 18th Century Fashion, Madame Tussauds

Top 5 Marie Antoinette Scandals

Her subjects called her Madame Déficit, and they snickered at the dismal state of affairs in her royal bedroom. Marie Antoinette's death may very well be the most well-known scandal of her life, but what are the other juicy details?

French Revolution playing card issued in 1793 - Ace of Clubs becomes "Spirit of Peace" with the motto "Prosperity"

French Revolution playing card issued 1793, Ace of Clubs becomes "Spirit of Peace" with the motto "Prosperity"

French Revolutionary satire on Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette as a double-ended beast, c. Hand-coloured etching (British Museum) The peasants deeply despised the French monarchy that caused them so much suffering Marie Antoinette, Caricatures, Dragons, Famous Historical Figures, French Royalty, Famous Portraits, Popular Cartoons, French History, French Revolution

Satirical popular cartoon depicting Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI as the same beast with two heads.

French Revolution playing card issued in 1793 - King of Hearts becomes "Spirit of War" with the motto "Force" French History, European History, Bastille, Tarrot Cards, Empire Romain, King Of Hearts, French Revolution, Book Making, Tarot

French Revolution playing card, instead of King of Hearts it's "Spirit of War" with motto "Force"