The Women’s March to Versailles

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The Women’s March to Versailles

Post  laraschembrisant on Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:35 pm

The women’s march to Versailles was one of the most significant events of the French Revolution. King Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette lived a life full of wealth and luxury while the third estate of France died of hunger and suffered endlessly. On October 5, 1789, women on the market places of Paris began to march to Versailles, where the king and queen lived, in protest due to the scarcity of bread for their families and the discontent over prices. The women were joined by revolutionaries who were also seeking for a constitutional monarchy for France. The group of women and the others, who joined, soon grew into a huge mob. The Protestants carried canons and marched with anger. When they got to Versailles they demanded to see “The Baker”, “The Baker’s wife”, and “The Baker’s boy”. Some women murdered guards from Versailles and placed their heads on top of their weapons. Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI saw this horrible approach from the insides of their home and knew immediately they had to calm these people of France fast. The King took the risk of meeting some of the women. He agreed to distribute all the bread in Versailles to the crowd. However, this did not satisfy the mob. Much of the anger was directed to Marie Antoinette. Women were annoyed by the way she lived, carelessly surrounded by jewelry, fancy clothes and wealth. The crowd overwhelmed the palace with such a dramatic and violent confrontation that they successfully pressed their demands upon King Louis XVI. The crowd wanted the King and Queen to move to Paris so they knew the suffering of the people like they should’ve known the whole time. At this point, Louis and Marie Antoinette had no choice and they could not fight with the mob. The next day, the king and queen were followed by the multitude 12 miles until they arrived at their new home, the Tuileries Palace.
The march symbolized a new balance of power that favored the people from the third estate. The march to Versailles proved to be a defining a moment of the French Revolution.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Women's_March_on_Versailles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Revolution

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