storming bastille
Marie Antoinette

The storming of the Bastille

On 14 July 1789, revolutionaries stormed and managed to seize control of the Bastille, a fortress and political prison. The city of Paris had already been in turmoil for several days. The Bastille was nearly empty and housed just seven prisoners at this time, but as a symbol of tyranny, the fortress still stood strong. [read more]

flight to varennes
Marie Antoinette

The flight to Varennes

As the situation spiralled out of control, a plan was hatched to allow the family to escape. Marie Antoinette told the Count of Mercy in early May, “Our situation here is frightful, in a way that those who do not have to endure it cannot hope to understand.” The plan was set in motion. The [read more]