The Women´s March on Versailles.

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The Women´s March on Versailles.

Post  Lisa Ella Humenberger on Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:16 pm

This event might have been one of the most important events that happened during the French Revolution. It began on October 5th, 1789 with women who without planning this event, gathered and decided to go visit the king and queen to complain about the high bread prices. Even thought the National Assembly had already taken the Tennis Court Oath and the Bastille was a complete ruin, women still found that the bread prices were still too high and rumors spread saying that the clergy had taken all the grain to themselves. A mob of 7,000 hungry working-class women decided to make their way to Versailles with canons and spears to protest.

Many in the crowd blamed Marie for their lack of bread, so they sang songs about killing her. One of the kings courtiers were in town and he saw the mob getting closed. He ran to warn the king and queen about the mob that was about to arrive. An emergency meating was then held to decided weather the king should flee or not. Louis XVI refused. Marie knew she was the target for the mob, but she still decided to sleep in her own bedroom that night. Meanwhile the angry mob of women gathered outside the courtyard screaming that the queen should show herself outside of her balcony. She then walked out with her two children and the mob demanded the children should go inside. What seemed like ten minutes standing alone, she bowed her head and returned inside. Some in the mob were so impressed by her bravery that the shouted, "Vive la Reine!" meaning long live the queen. Her behavior calmed down but people still complained about the bread and demanded that the king and queen return back to Paris which they later did. The Women's March on Versailles was one of the turning points of the French Revolution. It showed that the women of the Third Estate was a force to be expected with.These women are shown often in a bad way and, since many of them worked in the city's fish market, painters aften displayed them naked with fish heads instead of their heads.

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Post  Nathan on Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:46 pm

I feel bad for Mary Antoinette. She was falsely accused of many things usually because of her idiotic and indecisive husband. The newspapers and and radical revolutionists used her as a symbol of a corrupt monarchy, when she herself was Innocent. Although some may argue this is due to her own ignorance, one should still not be murdered for stupidity.
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Post  Valeria Kamenetska on Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:27 pm

This historical event symbolizes for me how brave women were to do the march, since they didn't have a lot of rights and the government wasn't the best one (monarchy).

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Post  Paola fix on Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:54 pm

i think Marie Antoinette was a very self conscious women, but her decisions were practically ordered by her husband. Women at the march of Versailles were probably so starved and sick they had no time to think of who's fault it was when it was actually her husbands..
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