The French Revolution and The Storming of the Bastille

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The sixth post, and the last on the French Revolution for a while is about the Storming of the Bastille and how this influenced the French Revolution.

On the 14th of July, 1789 attacked the Bastille – a prison which was seen as a symbol of royal power. Before storming the Bastille the group of rioters had stolen 28 000 weapons from a hospital for soldiers which they used to attack the soldiers who were defending the Bastille. The rescue party who was sent to assist Bernard-René Jordan de Launay in defending the prison sided with the mob. Eventually the mob entered Bastille and searched for ammunition to increase the weaponry. Incidentally in the search 7 prisoners were freed. 100 rioters were killed through the fighting. The rioters killed the governor of the Bastille, Bernard-René Jordan de Launay, and displayed his head on a stake. The storming of the Bastille saw the defeat of a symbol of royal power and perhaps the majority of French people now saw the possibility of defeating the king who had been seen as divinely appointed.


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