Flight to Varennes

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Flight to Varennes

Post  HelenaD on Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:48 pm

On July 12, King Louis XVI and his family were caught at Varenne's borders attempting to escape Versailles. It was also heard that they even planned to fly away secretly out of France's territory. The guard that was at the border looked at him and with a coin which shown his face, recognized him. The King was then captured by a group of furious Third Estate mob who questioned and menaced him to tell why he had prepared to do this escape. This image of him being questioned in a room by furious persons has been painted by many artists.

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People of the Nation thought: Why would our King abandon us? Doesn't he know the nation needs him? What would we do if he left?Many thought of this as a betrayal by wanting to disappear and leaving the country under nobody's hands. France was also under the Revolution occurring during these days. When the majesty was captured by the authorities he admitted that it was because of the pressure of this great revolt happening in France that he decided to act this way. He probably feared being imprisoned or even killed. Maybe this revolution had gone too far and people were getting out of control. Death threats, revolts, robberies, riots were against the King. Unfortunately his decision of going away forever, had made the situation a lot more tense for him now that everyone knew that he had attempted to leave them.

When the King returned to his Palace in a carriage he was awaited by many of the townspeople who were in shock of the news. They were quiet and were left without words. Assemblies were made and the decision of creating a republic became very known and there was a great possibility that a Republic would be put in order. All of this brought negative waves to the society. Now, other monarchical countries were looking at France and were watching this Revolution taking over. They got scared that sthe fever might spread to their nations too.

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Re: Flight to Varennes

Post  Brock M. Hay on Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:01 pm


An odd thing I found that you added was that when the king returned to Paris the citizens were not causing madness or rioting. They were in a silent shock from what he had done to betray them. Perhaps he would have never ran away in the first place if no one had tried to kill him and his family.
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