Timeline of the French Revolution

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The following is a timeline of the French Revolution.

French Revolution
Exécution de Louis XVI Carnavalet.jpg
The execution Louis XVI on the Place de la Révolution (now Place de la Concorde) (January 21, 1793)
Date 1789–1799
Location France
Participants French society
Outcome

Contents

1788 - The royal treasury is empty; Prelude to the Revolution[edit]

  • August 8: The royal treasury is declared empty, and the Parlement of Paris, an assembly of nobles, refuses to reform the tax system or loan the Crown more money. To win their support for fiscal reforms, the Minister of Finance, Brienne, sets May 1, 1789 for a meeting of the Estates General, an assembly of the nobility, clergy and commoners (The third Estate), which has not met since 1614.
  • August 16: The treasury suspends payments on the debts of the government.
  • August 25: Brienne resigns as Minister of Finance, and is replaced by the Swiss banker Jacques Necker, popular with the Third Estate.
  • September 23: Reassured by Necker, French bankers and businessmen agree to loan the state 75 million, on the condition that the Estates General will have full powers to reform the system.
  • December 27: Over the opposition of the nobles, Necker announces that the representation of the Third Estate will be doubled, and that nobles and clergymen will be eligible to sit with the Third Estate.[1]

1789 - The Revolution Begins - the Estates-General and the Constituent Assembly[edit]

  • January: The Abbé Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès publishes his famous pamphlet, "What is the Third Estate?" he writes; "What is the Third Estate? Everything. What is it now? Nothing. What does it want to be? Something!"
  • January 24: King Louis XVI convokes elections for delegates to the Estates-General [2]
  • April 27: Riots in Paris by workers of the Réveillon wallpaper factory in the fabourg Saint-Antoine. Twenty-five workers were killed in battles with police.
  • May 2: Presentation to the King of the Deputies of the Estates-General at Versailles. The clergy and nobles are welcomed with formal ceremonies and processions, the Third Estate is not.
  • May 5: Formal opening of the Estates-General at Versailles.
  • May 6: The Deputies of the Third Estate refuse to meet separately from the other Estates, occupy the main hall, and invite the clergy and nobility to join them.
  • May 11: The nobility refuses to meet together with the Third Estate, but the clergy hesitates, and suspends the verification of its deputies.
  • May 20: The clergy renounces its special tax privileges, and accepts the principle of fiscal equality.
  • May 22: The nobility renounces its special tax privileges. However, the three estates are unable to agree on a common program.
  • May 25: The Third Estate deputies from Paris, delayed by election procedures, arrive in Versailles.
  • June 3: The scientist Jean Sylvain Bailly is chosen the leader of the Third Estate deputies.
  • June 4: The death of seven-year old Louis Josseph Xavier François, Dauphin of France, the eldest son and heir of Louis XVI. His four-year-old brother, Louis-Charles, Duke of Normandy, becomes the new Dauphin.
  • June 6: The deputies of the nobility reject a compromise program proposed by finance minister Jacques Necker.
  • June 10: At the suggestion of Sieyès, the Third Estate deputies decide to hold their own meeting, and invite the other Estates to join them.
  • June 13–14: Nine deputies from the clergy decide to join the meeting of the Third Estate.
  • June 17: On the proposal of Sieyés, the deputies of the Third Estate declare themselves the National Assembly.
  • June 19: By a vote of 149 to 137, the deputies of the clergy join the assembly of the Third Estate.
  • June 20: On the orders of Louis XVI, the meeting hall of the Third Estate is closed and locked. The deputies gather instead in the indoor tennis court and swear not to separate until they have given France a new Constitution. (The Tennis Court Oath).
  • June 21: The Royal Council rejects the financial program of Minister Necker.
  • June 22: The new National Assembly meets in the church of Saint Louis in Versailles. One hundred fifty deputies from the clergy attend, along with two deputies from the nobility.
  • June 23: Louis XVI holds a Séance royale, invalidates the decisions of the National Assembly and instructs the three estates to continue to meet separately. However, after the king's departure, the Third-Estate deputies refuse to leave the hall and declare that members of the Assembly cannot be legally arrested.
  • June 25: 48 nobles, headed by Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, join the Assembly.
  • June 27: Louis XVI reverses course, instructs the nobility and clergy to meet with the other estates, and recognizes the new Assembly. At the same time, he orders reliable military units, largely composed of Swiss and German mercenaries, to Paris.
  • June 30: A crowd invades the prison of the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and liberates soldiers who had been imprisoned for attending meetings of political clubs.

July 14 - The siege and surrender of the Bastille[edit]

  • July 6: The National Assembly forms a committee of thirty members to write a new Constitution.
  • July 8: As tensions mount, the deputy Mirabeau demands that the Gardes Françaises, of the military household of the king of France be moved out of Paris, and that a new civil guard be created within the city.
  • July 9: The National Assembly reconstitutes itself as the National Constituent Assembly
  • July 11: Louis XVI abruptly dismisses Necker. Parisians response by burning the unpopular customs barriers, and invading and looting the monastery of the Lazaristes. Skirmishes between the cavalrymen of the Régiment de Royal-Allemand of the King's Guard and the angry crowd outside the Tuileries Palace. The Gardes Françaises largely take the side of the crowd.
  • July 13: The National Assembly declares itself in permanent season. At the Hôtel de Ville, city leaders begin to form a governing committee and an armed militia.
  • July 14: Storming of the Bastille. A large armed crowd besieges the Bastille, which holds only seven prisoners but has a large supply of gunpowder, which the crowd wants. After several hours of resistance, The governor of the fortress de Launay, finally surrenders the fortress, and as he exits is killed by the crowd. The crowd also kills de Flesselles, the provost of the Paris merchants.
  • July 15: The astronomer and mathematician Jean Sylvain Bailly is named mayor of Paris, and Lafayette is appointed Commander of the newly formed National Guard.
  • July 16: The King reinstates Necker as finance minister and withdraws royal troops from the center of the city. The new elected Paris assembly votes the destruction of the Bastille fortress. Similar committees and local militias are formed in Lyon, Rennes, and in other large French cities.
  • July 17: The King visits Paris, where he is welcomed at the Hôtel de Ville by Bailly and Lafayette, and wears the tricolor cockade. Sensing what is ahead, several prominent members of the nobility, including the Count of Artois, the Prince de Condé, the Duke of Enghien, the Baron de Breteuil, the Duke of Broglie, the Duke of Polignac and his wife become the first of a wave of émigrés to leave France.
  • July 18: Camille Desmoulins begins publication of La France libre, demanding a much more radical revolution, calling for a republic arguing that revolutionary violence is justified.
  • July 22: An armed mob on the Place de Grève massacres Berthier de Sauvigny, Intendant of Paris, and his father-in-law, accused of speculating in grain.
  • July 21-August 1: Riots and peasant revolts in Strasbourg (July 21), Le Mans (July 23), Colmar, Alsace, and Hainaut (July 25).
  • July 28: Jacques Pierre Brissot begins publication of Le Patriote français, an influential newspaper of the revolutionary movement known as the Girondins.
  • August 4: The King appoints a government of reformist ministers around Necker. The Assembly votes to abolish the privileges and feudal rights of the nobility.
  • August 7: Publication of "A plot uncovered to lull the the people to sleep" by Jean-Paul Marat, denouncing the reforms of August 4 as insufficient and demanding a much more radical revolution. Marat quickly becomes the voice of the most turbulent sans culottes faction of the Revolution.
  • August 23: The Assembly proclaims freedom of religious opinions.
  • August 24: The Assembly proclaims freedom of speech.

August 26 - Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen[edit]

  • August 26: The Assembly adopts the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, drafted largely by Lafayette.
  • August 28: The Assembly debates giving the King the power to veto legislation.
  • August 30: Camille Desmoulins organizes an uprising at the Palais-Royal, to block the proposed veto for the King and to force the King to return to Paris. The uprising fails.
  • August 31: The Constitution Committee of the Assembly proposes a two-house parliament and a royal right of veto.
  • September 9: The Mayor of Troyes is assassinated by a mob.
  • September 11: The National Assembly gives the King the power to temporarily veto laws for two legislative sessions.
  • September 15: Desmoulins publishes Discours de la lanterne aux Parisiens, a radical pamphlet justifying political violence and exalting the Parisian mob.
  • September 16: First issue of Jean Paul Marat's newspaper, L'Ami du peuple, proposing a radical social and political revolution.
  • September 19: Election of a new municipal assembly in Paris, with three hundred members elected by districts.
  • October 1: At the banquet des Gardes du Corps du Roi in Versailles, which Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and the Dauphin attended at dessert time, the King's guards put on the white royal cocarde. The false news quickly reaches Paris that the guards had trampled on the tricolor and causes outrage.

October 6 - Women's March on Versailles[edit]

The Women's March on Versailles (October 5–6, 1789)
  • October 5: Marat's newspaper demands a march on Versailles to protest the insult to the tricolor cocarde. Thousands of women take part in the march, joined in the evening by the Paris national guard led by Lafayette.
  • October 6: After an orderly march, a crowd of women invade the Palace. The women demand that the King and his family accompany them back to Paris, and the King agrees. The National Assembly also decides to relocate to Paris.
  • October 10: The Assembly names Lafayette commander of the regular army in and around Paris. The Assembly also modifies the royal title from "King of France and Navarre" to "King of the French". Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, a doctor, member of the Assembly, proposes a new and more humane form of public execution, which eventually is named after him, the guillotine. [3]
  • October 12: Louis XVI secretly writes to king Charles IV of Spain, complaining of mistreatment. The Count of Artois secretly writes to Joseph II of Austria requesting a military intervention in France.
  • October 19: The National Assembly holds its first meeting in Paris, in the chapel of the archbishop's residence next to Notre Dame.
  • October 21: The Assembly declares a state of martial law to prevent future uprisings.
  • November 2: The Assembly votes to place property of the Church at the disposition of the Nation.
  • November 9: The Assembly moves to the Salle du Manège, the former riding school near the Tuileries Palace.
  • November 28: First issue of Desmoulins' weekly Histoire des Révolutions de France et de Brabant, savagely attacking royalists and aristocrats.
  • December 1: Revolt by the sailors of the French Navy in Toulon, who arrest Admiral d'Albert, comte de Rioms.
  • December 9: The Assembly decides to divide France into departments, in place of the former provinces of France.
  • December 19: Introduction of the assignat, a form of currency based not on silver, but on the value of the property of the Church confiscated by the State.
  • December 24: The Assembly decrees that Protestants are eligible to hold public office; Jews are still excluded.

1790- the Rise of the Political Clubs[edit]

  • January 7: Riot in Versailles demanding lower bread prices.
  • January 18: Marat publishes a fierce attack on finance minister Necker.
  • January 22: Paris municipal police try to arrest Marat for his violent attacks on the government, but he is defended by a crowd of sans-culottes and escapes to London.
  • February 13: The Assembly forbids the taking of religious vows. and suppresses the contemplative religious orders.
  • February 23: The Assembly requires Curés in churches across France to read aloud the decrees of the Assembly.
  • February 28: The Assembly abolishes the requirement that army officers be members of the nobility.
  • March 8: The Assembly decides to continue the institution of slavery in French colonies, but permits the establishment of colonial assemblies.
  • March 12: The Assembly approves the sale of the property of the church by municipalities
  • March 29: Pope Pius VI condemns the Declaration of the Rights of Man in a secret consistory.
  • April 5-May 3: A series of pro-catholic and anti-revolutionary riots in the French provinces; in Vannes (April 5), Nîmes (April 6), Toulouse (April 18), Toulon (May 3), and Avignon (June 10) Aprotesting measures taken against the church.
  • April 17: Foundation of the Cordeliers club, which meets in the former convent of that name. It becomes one of most vocal proponents of radical change.
  • April 30: Riots in Marseille. Three forts are captured, and the commander of Fort Saint-Jean, the Chevalier de Beausset, is assassinated.
  • May 18: Marat returns to Paris and resumes publication of L'Ami du people
  • May 22: The Assembly decides that it alone can decide issues of war and peace, but that the war cannot be declared without the proposition and sanction by the King. .
  • May 12: Lafayette and Jean Sylvain Bailly institute the Society of 1789.
  • May 30: Lyon celebrates the revolution with a Fete de la Federation. Lille holds a similar event on June 6. Strasbourg on June 13, Rouen on June 19
  • June 3: Uprising of biracial residents of the French colony of Martinique.
  • June 19: The Assembly abolishes the titles, orders, and other privileges of the hereditary nobility.
  • June 26: Avignon, then under the rule of the Pope, asks to be joined to France. The Assembly, wishing to avoid a confrontation with the Pope, delays a decision.
  • June 26: Diplomats of England, Austria, Prussia and the United Provinces meet at Reichenbach to discuss possible military intervention against the French Revolution
  • July 12: The Assembly adopts the final text on the status of the French clergy. Clergymen lose their special status, and are required to take an oath of allegiance to the government.

July 14, 1790 - the Fête de la Fédération[edit]

  • July 14: The Fête de la Fédération is held on the Champs-de-Mars in Paris to celebrate the first anniversary of the Revolution. The event is attended by the King and Queen, the National Assembly, the government, and a huge crowd. Lafayette takes a civic oath vowing to "be ever faithful to the nation, to the law, and to the king; to support with our utmost power the constitution decreed by the National Assembly, and accepted by the king." This oath is taken by his troops, as well as the king The Fete is the last event to unite all the different factions in Paris during the Revolution.
  • July 23: The Pope writes a secret letter to the King, promising to condemn the Assembly's abolition of the special status of the French clergy
  • July 26: Marat publishes a demand for the immediate execution of five to six hundred hundred aristocrats to save the Revolution.
  • July 28: The Assembly refuses to allow Austrian troops to cross French territory to suppress an uprising in Belgium inspired by the French Revolution.
  • July 31: The Assembly decides to take legal action against Marat and Camille Desmoulins because of their calls for revolutionary violence.
  • August 16: The Assembly establishes positions of justices the peace around the country to replace the traditional courts held by the local nobles.
  • August 16: The Assembly calls for the re-establishment of discipline in the army.
  • August 31: Battles in Nancy between rebellious soldiers of the army and the national guard units of the city, who support Lafayette and the Assembly.
  • September 4: Necker, the finance minister, is dismissed. The National Assembly takes charge of the public treasury.
  • September 16: Mutiny of sailors of the French fleet at Brest.
  • October 6: The King writes his cousin, Charles IV of Spain, to express his hostility to the new status of the French clergy.
  • Ocrober 12: The Assembly dissolves the local assembly of Saint-Dominque (now Haiti) and again reaffirms the institution of slavery.
  • October 21: The Assembly decrees that the tricolor will replace the white flag and fleurs-des-lies of the Bourbons as emblem of France.
  • November 4: Insurrection in the French colony of Île-de-France (now Mauritius)
  • November 25: Uprising of black slaves in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti).
  • November 27: The Assembly decrees that all members of the clergy must take an oath to the nation, the law and the king. A large majority of French clergymen refuse to take the oath.
  • December 3: The King writes to the King of Prussia, Fredrick-William II, asking for a military intervention by European monarchs to restore his authority.
  • December 27: Thirty-nine deputies of the Assembly who are also clergymen take an oath of allegiance to the government. However, a majority of clergymen serving in the Assembly refuse to take the oath.

1791 -The unsuccessful flight of the Royal Family from Paris[edit]

  • January 1: Mirabeau elected President of the Assembly
  • January 3: Priests are ordered to take an oath to the nation within twenty-four hours. A majority of clerical members of the Assembly refuse to take the oath.
  • February 19: The Mesdames, the daughters of Louis XV and aunts of Louis XVI, depart France for exile.
  • February 24: Constitutional Bishops, who have taken an oath to the state, replace the old church hierarchy.
  • February 28: Day of Daggers; Lafayette orders the arrest of 400 armed aristocrats who have gathered at the Tuileries Palace to protect the royal family. They are freed on March 13.
  • March 2: Abolition of the traditional trade guilds.
  • March 3: The Assembly orders that the silver objects owned by the church be melted down and sold to fund the government.
  • March 10: Pope Pius VI condemns the Civil Constitution of the Clergy
  • March 25: Diplomatic relations broken between France and the Vatican.
  • April 2: Death of Mirabeau.
  • April 3: The Assembly proposes transforming the new church of Saint Genevieve, not yet consecrated, into the Panthéon. a mausoleum for illustrious citizens. On May 4, The remains of Mirabeau are the first to be placed in the new Panthéon.
  • April 13: Encyclical of Pope Pius VI condemns the civil constitution of the clergy.
  • April 18: The National Guard, despite orders from Lafayette, blocks the King and Queen from going to Saint-Cloud to celebrate Easter.
  • May 16: On a proposal of Robespierre, the Assembly votes to forbid members of the current Assembly to become candidates for the next Assembly.
  • May 30: The Assembly orders the transfers of the ashes of Voltaire to the Panthéon.
  • June 14: The Chapelier Law is passed by the Assembly, abolishing corporations and forbidding labor unions and strikes.
  • June 15: The Assembly forbids priests to wear ecclesiastical costumes outside churches

June 20-21-The Royal Family flees Paris[edit]

The King returns to Paris after his attempted flight (June 25, 1791)
The National Guard fires on demonstrators in the Champ-de-Mars (July 17, 1791)
  • June 20–21: The Flight to Varennes. At night, the King, Queen and their children slip out of the Tuileries Palace and flee by carriage in the direction of Montmédy.
  • June 21–22: The King is recognized at Varennes. The Assembly announces that he was taken against his will, and sends three commissioners to bring him back to Paris
  • June 25: Louis XVI returns to Paris. The Assembly suspends his functions until further notice.
  • July 5: Leopold II issues the Padua Circular calling on the royal houses of Europe to come to his brother-in-law, Louis XVI's aid.
  • July 9: The Assembly decrees that emigres must return to France within two months, or forfeit their property.
  • July 11: The ashes of Voltaire are transferred to the Pantheon.
  • July 15: National Assembly declares the king is inviolable, and cannot be put on trial. He remains suspended from his duties until the ratification of a new Constitution.
  • July 16: The more moderate members of the Jacobins club break away to form a new club, the Feuillants.
  • July 17: A demonstration sponsored by the Jacobins, Cordeliers and their allies carries a petition demanding the removal of the King to the Champs-de-Mars. The city government raises and the red flag, the sign of martial law, and forbids the demonstration. The National Guard fires on the crowd, and some fifty persons are killed. [4]
  • July 18: Following the events in the Champ-de-Mars, the Assembly forbids incitement to riot, urging citizens to disobey the law, and seditious publications, aimed at the Jacobins and Cordeliers. Marat goes into hiding and Danton flees to England.
  • August 14: Slave uprising begins in Saint Domingue (Haiti)
  • August 27: Declaration of Pillnitz A proclamation by the Prussian King and Holy Roman Emperor affirms their wish to "put the King of France in a state to strengthen the bases of monarchic government." This vague statement is taken in France as a direct threat by the other European powers to intervene in the Revolution.
  • September 13–14: Louis XVI formally accepts the new Constitution.
  • September 27: The Assembly declares that all men living in France, regardless of color, are free, but preserves slavery in French colonies. French Jews are granted citizenship.
  • September 29: The Assembly limits membership in the National Guard to citizens who pay a certain level of taxes, excluding the working class. .
  • September 30: Last day of the National Constituent Assembly. Assembly grants amnesty to all those punished for illegal political activity since 1788.
  • October 1. First session of the new National Legislative Assembly. Claude Pastoret, a monarchist, is elected President of the assembly.
  • October 16: Riots against the revolutionary Commune, or city government, in Avignon. After an official of the Commune is killed, anti-government prisoners in the basements of the Papal Palace are massacred.
  • November 9: Emigres are again ordered to return to France before January 1, 1792, under penalty of losing their property and a sentence of death. The King vetoes the declaration on November 11, but asks his brothers to return to France.
  • November 14: Petion is elected mayor of Paris, with 6,728 votes against 3,126 for Lafayette. Of 80,000 eligible voters, 70,000 abstain.
  • November 25: The Legislative Assembly creates a Committee of Surveillance to oversee the government.
  • November 29: Priests are again ordered to take an oath to the government, or to be considered suspects.
  • December 3: The King writes a secret letter to Frederick William II of Prussia, urging him to intervene militarily in France "to prevent the evil which is happening here before it overtakes the other states of Europe. [5]
  • December 3: The brothers of the King refuse to return to France, citing "the moral and physical captivity in which the King is being held." [6]
  • December 14: Lafayette receives command of one of the three new armies established on to defend the French frontier, the Army of the Centre, based at Metz. The other two armies are commanded by Rochambeau (Army of the North) and Nicolas Luckner (Army of the Rhine). .
  • December 28: The Assembly votes to summon a mass army of volunteers to defend the frontiers of France,

1792- War and the overthrow of the monarchy[edit]

  • 23 January: The slave uprising in Haiti causes severe shortages of sugar and coffee in Paris. Riots against food shortages; many food shops are looted.January – March: Food riots in Paris
  • February 7: Austria and Prussia sign a military convention to invade France and defend the monarchy.
  • February 9: The Assembly decrees the confiscation of the property of emigres abroad, for the benefit of the nation.
  • Febrrary 23: Confrontation between the army and crowds in Béthune over the allocation of grain.
  • March 7: the Duke of Brunswick is named to command a joint Austrian-Prussian invasion of France.
  • March 20: The Assembly declares war on the Kings of Hungary and Bohemia.
  • April 5: The Assembly closes the Sorbonne, a center of conservative theology.
  • February 1: French citizens are required to have a passport to travel in the interior of the country.
  • April 25: Battle Hymn of the Army of the Rhine composed by Rouget de Lisle, is sung for the first time in Strasbourg.
  • April 28: The war begins. The army of Rochambeau invades the Austrian Netherlands (Belgium).
  • April 30: The government issues three hundred million assignats to finance the war.
  • May 5: The Assembly orders the raising of thirty-one new battalions for the army.
  • May 6: The Royal-Allemand regiment, composed of German mercenaries, deserts the French army and joins the Austrian-Prussian coalition.
  • May 12: the Hussar regiments of Saxe and Bercheny desert the French Army and join the coalition.
  • May 27: the Assembly orders the deportation of priests who have not signed the oath to the government.
  • June 8: The Assembly orders the raising of an army of twenty thousand volunteer soldiers to be camped outside Paris.
  • June 11: The King vetoes the laws on the deportation of priests and the formation of a new army outside Paris.
  • June 20: A secret insurrectionary committee, supported by the Paris Commune and led by the prosecutors Louis Pierre Manuel and Georges Danton, is formed.
  • June 20: A mob invades the Tuileries Palace and forces the King to wear a red liberty cap and a to drink to the health of the nation.
  • June 21: The Assembly bans gatherings of armed citizens within the city limits.
  • June 28: Lafayette speaks to the Assembly, denouncing the actions of the Jacobins and other radical groups in the Assembly. His proposal to organize a review of the National guard in Paris is annulled by Petion.
  • June 30: Lafayette leaves Paris and returns to his army. He is denounced by Robespierre and his effigy is burned by a mob at the Palais-Royal.
  • July 5: As the Austrian army advances slowly toward Paris, the Assembly declares that the nation is in danger (La Patrie en Danger).
  • July 15: The Assembly votes to send regular army units, whose officers largely support Lafayette, far outside the city.
  • July 15: the Cordeliers Club, led by Danton, demands the convocation of a Convention to replace the Legislative Assembly.
  • July 25: The Assembly authorizes the Paris sections, local assemblies in each neighborhood, many controlled by the Jacobins and Cordeliers, to meet in permanent sessions.
  • July 25: Brunswick Manifesto - The Austrian commander warns that should the royal family be harmed, an "exemplary and eternally memorable revenge" will follow.
  • July 28: Brunswick Manifesto is widely circulated in Paris, causing fury against the King.
  • July 30: Decree by the Assembly allows working-class citizens (those who pay no taxes) to join the National Guard.
  • July 30: Arrival in Paris of volunteers from Marseille. They sing the new war hymn, of the Army of the Rhine, which gradually takes their name, La Marseillaise. Fights break out between the new volunteers and soldiers of the National Guard loyal to Lafayette.
  • August 3: 47 of the 48 sections of Paris, mostly controlled by the Cordeliers and Jacobins, send petitions to the Assembly, demanding the removal of the King. They are presented by Jerome Petion, the Mayor of Paris.
  • August 4: The Paris section Number Eighty proclaims an insurrection on August 10 if the Assembly does not remove the King. At the request of the royal household, the Swiss guards at the Tuileries are reinforced, and joined by many armed nobles.
  • August 9: Georges Danton, a deputy city prosecutor, and his Cordelier allies take over the Paris city government and establish the Revolutionary Paris commune. They take possession of the Paris City Hall. They increase the number Commune deputies to 288. The Assembly recognizes them as the legal government of Paris on August 10.

August 10 - Storming of the Tuileries - Decheance of the King[edit]

  • August 10: Storming of the Tuileries Palace. An armed mob attacks the Tuileries Palace. The King and his family takes refuge in the Legislative Assembly. The Swiss Guards defending the Palace are massacred. The Legislative Assembly provisionally suspends the authority of the King, and orders the election of a new government, the Convention.
  • August 11: The Assembly elects a new Executive Committee to replace the government. Georges Danton is named Minister of Justice. The municipalities are authorized to arrest suspected enemies of the Revolution, and royalist newspapers and publications are banned.
  • August 13: Royal family imprisoned in the Temple.
  • August 14: Lafayette tries unsuccessfully to persuade his army to march on Paris to rescue the King.
  • August 17: At the demand of Robesperre and the Commune of the Paris, who threatens an armed uprising if the Assembly does not comply, the Assembly votes the creation of a Revolutionary Tribunal whose members are selected by the Commune., and the summoning of a National Convention to replace the Assembly. .
  • August 18: The Assembly abolishes the religious teaching orders and those running hospitals, the last remaining religious orders in France.
  • August 19: Lafayette leaves his army and departs France for exile. The Coalition army of Austrian soldiers and French emigres, led by the Duke of Brunswick crosses the French frontier.
  • August 21: First summary judgement by the Revolutionary Tribunal and execution by the guillotine of a royalist, Collenet d"Angremont.
  • August 22: The Paris Commune orders that persons henceforth be addressed as "Citizen" rather than "Monsieur" of "Madame".
  • August 22: Royalist riots in Brittany, La Vendée and Dauphiné.
  • September 2: Capitulation without a fight of Verdun to Brunswick's troops.

September 3–9: Massacres in Paris prisons[edit]

  • September 3: Following the news of surrender of Verdun, Commune orders massacres of prisoners in Paris prisons. Between 1,090 and 1,395 prisoners are killed, the great majority were common criminals. 17 percent of those killed were priests, six percent Swiss guards, and five percent political prisoners. [7]
  • September 10: The government requisitions all church objects made of gold or silver
  • September 19:: Creation of the Louvre Museum displaying art taken from royal collections.
  • September 20: Last session of Assembly votes a new law permitting civil marriage and divorce.

September 20: French victory at Valmy - Debut of the Convention[edit]

  • September 20: The French army under Generals Dumouriez and Kellerman defeat the Prussians at the battle of Valmy. The Prussians retreat.
  • September 20: The newly elected National Convention holds its first session in the riding school of the Tuileries Palace behind closed doors, and elects its Bureau. OF the 749 deputies, 113 are Jacobins. They take their seats in the highest benches in the hall, giving them the nickname "Montagnards", or "Mountaineers".
  • September 25: The Convention proclaims the abolition of royalty and the First French Republic
  • September 29: French troupes occupy Nice, then part of Savoy.
  • October 3: French troops occupy Basel in Switzerland, then ruled by Archbishop of Basel, and proclaim it an independent Republic.
  • October 23: French troops occur Frankfurt.
  • October 27: The French army under Dumouriez invades the Austrian Netherlands (Belgium). They occupy Brussels on November 14.
  • November 19: The Convention claims the right to intervene in any country "where people desire to recover their freedom".
  • November 20: Discovery of an iron strongbox in the Tuileries Palace, containing the secret correspondence of the King with Mirabeau and with foreign monarchs
  • November 27: The Convention decrees the attachment of Nice and Savoy to France.
  • November 28 French army occupies Liege.
  • December 3: Robespierre, Leader of the Jacobins and first deputy for Paris in the Convention, demands that the King be put to death.
  • December 6: At the proposal of Jean-Paul Marat, the Convention rules that each Deputy must individually and publicly declare his vote on the death penalty for the King.

December 11-January 25, 1793: Trial and Execution of Louis XVI[edit]

  • December 11: The King is brought before the Convention for trial. He appears in person twice, December 11 and 23.
  • December 26: Defense of the King presented by his lawyer, de Seze.
  • December 27–28: Motions in the Convention asking that people vote on judgement of the King. The motion is opposed by Robespierre, who declares "Louis must die so that the nation may live." The Convention rejects the motion for French voters to decide the King's fate.

1793 - Execution of Louis XVI; France at war against Europe; The Jacobins seize power; The Terror begins[edit]

  • January 15: The Convention declares that the King is guilty of conspiracy against public liberty by a vote of 707 to zero.
  • January 27: In a vote lasting twenty-one hours, 361 deputies vote for the death penalty, and 360 against (including 26 for a death penalty followed by a pardon). The Convention rejects a final appeal to the people.
  • January 21: Louis XVI is beheaded at 10:22 on the Place de la Revolution (now Place de la Concorde). The commander of the execution orders a drum roll to drown out his final words to the crowd.
  • January 24: Breaking of diplomatic relations between England and France.
  • February 1: The Convention declares war against England and Holland.
  • February 14: The Convention annexes the Principality of Monaco.
  • February 14: Jean Nicolas Pache is elected the new Mayor of Paris.
  • March 1: Decree of the Convention annexes Belgium to France.
  • March 3: Armed royalist uprising against the Convention begins in Brittany.
  • March 7: The Convention declares war against Spain.

Uprising in the Vendée[edit]

  • March 7: Armed uprising against the rule of the Convention, and particularly against conscription into the army, begins in the Vendée region of west-central France. ( War in the Vendée)
  • March 10: Revolutionary Tribunal established in Paris, with Fouquier-Tinville as the public prosecutor.
  • March 10: Failed uprising in Paris by the ultra-revolutionary faction known as the Enragés, led by the former priest Jacques Roux.
  • March 18: The Convention decrees the death penalty for those advocating radical economic programs, a decree aimed at the Enragés.
  • March 19: The Convention decrees the death penalty for any participant in the uprising in the Vendée.
  • March 21: Establishment of Revolutionary Surveillance Committees in all communes and their sections.
  • March 27: General Dumouriez denounces revolutionary anarchy.
  • March 30: The Convention orders Dumouriez to return to Paris, and sends four commissaires and the Minister of War to arrest him.
  • April 1: Dumouriez arrests the commissaires of the Convention and Minister of War and hands them over to the Austrians,
  • April 3: Convention declares Dumouriez outside the law.
  • April 3: Arrest of Philippe Egalité, a deputy and member of the Orleans branch of the royal family, who had voted for the execution of Louis XVI.
  • April 4: Dumouriez fails to persuade his army to march on Paris, and goes over to the Austrians on April 5.
  • April 5: Jean Paul Marat is elected head of the Jacobin Club.

April 6: Committee on Public Safety takes control of government[edit]

The triumph of Marat after his release from arrest
  • April 6: Committee of Public Safety established by the Convention to oversee the ministries and to be chief executive body of the government. Its first nine members included Bertrand Barère, Pierre Joseph Cambon and Georges Danton.
  • April 6: First session of the Revolutionary Tribunal.
  • April 12: The Convention votes to arrest Marat for using his newspaper to incite violence and murder and his demand to suspend the Convention. Marat goes into hiding.
  • April 15: the mayor of Paris, Jean Nicolas Pache, demands that the Convention expel 23 deputies belonging to the moderate Girondin faction.
  • April 24: Marat is brought before the Tribunal, and is acquitted of all charges. His release causes riotous celebrations by his supporters.
  • May 3: The rebels of the Vendée, led by the former aristocrats Charles Bonchamp and La Rrochejacquelin, capture Bressuire.
  • May 4: At the demand of the Paris section of Saint-Antoine, the Convention fixes a maximum price for grain.
  • May 24: The Convention, at the demand of the Girondins, orders the arrest of the ulta-revolutionary Enragés leaders Jacques René Hébert and Jean Varlet.
  • May 25: The Paris Commune demands the release of Hébert and Varlet. They are released on May 27.
  • May 26: At the Jacobin Club, Robespierre and Marat call for an insurrection against the Convention. The Paris Commune begins preparing a seizure of power
  • May 30: The leaders of the city of Lyon rebel against the Convention, arresting the local Montagnard and Enragés leaders.

May 31- June 2 - The Jacobin Coup d'Etat[edit]

  • May 31: Insurrection of 31 May – 2 June 1793. An armed crowd of sans-culottes organized by the Commune storms the hall of the Convention and demands that it disband. The deputies resist.
  • June 2: The sans-culottes and soldiers of the Paris Commune, led by François Hanriot, occupy the hall of the Convention and force it to vote for the arrest of 29 Girondist deputies, and two ministers, Claviére and LeBrun.
  • June 10: Montagnards gain control of the Committee of Public Safety.
  • June 6: Revolts against the Montagnard coup d'état in Marseille, Nîmes, and Toulouse. Bordeaux.
  • June 7: Bordeaux rejects the new government.
  • June 10: Despite the Revolution, scientific research continues. Opening of the National Museum of Natural History.
  • June 13: Leaders of departments opposing the new government meet in Caen. About sixty departments are in revolt against Montagnard government in Paris.
  • June 24: Ratification of new Constitution by the National Convention.
  • June 25: Jacques Roux, leader of the ultra-revolutionary Enragés, presents his program to the Convention.
  • June 26; Robespierre denounces The Enragés before the Convention.
  • June 30: Robespierre and Hébert lead a delegation of Jacobins to the Cordeliers Club to demand the exclusion from the club of Roux and the other ultra-revolutionary leaders.
  • July 4: Marat violently denounces the Enragés.

July 13: Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat by Charlotte Corday[edit]

  • July 13: Charlotte Corday assassinates Marat in his bath. At her trial, she declares, "I killed one man to save a hundred thousand."
  • July 17: Charlotte Corday is tried by the Revolutionary Tribunal and sentenced to death.
  • July 27: Robespierre elected to the Committee of Public Safety.
  • July 3: Louis XVII of France was carried away from Marie Antoinette and was given to the treatment of a cobbler named Antoine Simon as a demand from the National Convention
  • July 13: Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat by Charlotte Corday.
  • July 17: Charlotte Corday is guillotined after her trial for murdering Marat
  • July 27: Robespierre elected to Committee of Public Safety.
  • July 27: Convention institutes death penalty for those who hoard scarce goods
  • August 1: Convention declares a scorched earth polity against all departments rebelling against its authority.
  • August 1: Convention adopts the principles of the metric system.
  • August 1: A mob profanes the tombs of the Kings of France at the Basilica of Saint-Denis.
  • August 2: Marie-Antoinette is transferred from the Temple to the Conciergerie.
  • August 8: The Convention sends an army led by General Kellermann to lay siegeto the rebellious city of Lyon.
  • August 22: Robespierre is elected the President of the Convention.
  • August 23: Levée en masse voted by the Convention. All able-bodied non-married men between ages 18 and 25 are required to serve in the army.
  • August 25: Soldiers of the Convention capture Marseille.
  • August 27: Anti-Convention leaders in Toulon invite the British fleet and army to occupy the city.
  • September 4: Sans-culottes occupy the Convention and demand the arrest of suspected opponents of the Revolution, and the creation of a new revolutionary army of 60,000 men.

September 17: The Reign of Terror begins[edit]

  • September 17: Convention adopts a new Law of Suspects, permitting the arrest and rapid trial of anyone suspected of opposing the Revolution. Start of Reign of Terror.
  • September 18: Convention re-establishes revolutionary government in Bordeaux. Opponents are arrested and imprisoned.
  • September 21: All women are required to wear a tricolor cocarde.
  • September 29: The Convention passes the General Maximum, fixing the prices of many goods and services, as well as maximum salaries.
  • October 3: The Convention orders that Marie-Antoinette be tried by the Revolutionary Tribunal
  • October 3: Additional moderate deputies are accused and excluded from the Assembly; a total of 136 deputies are excluded.
  • October 5: To break with the past and replace traditional religious holidays, The Convention adopts the new revolutionary calendar. The Year I is declared to have begun on September 22, 1791.
  • October 9: Lyon is recaptured by the army of the Convention.
  • October 10: A decree by the Convention puts the new Constitution on hold. On a proposal from Saint-Just, the Convention declares that "The government of France is revolutionary until the peace."
  • October 12: The Convention decrees that the city of Lyon will be destroyed in punishment for its rebellion, and renamed Ville Afranchie.
  • October 12: Marie-Antoinette is summoned before the Revolutionary Tribunal and charged with treason.
  • October 16: The Army of the Convention defeats the Austrian Army at the Battle of Wattignies.

October 16: The execution of Marie-Antoinette[edit]

Marie-Antoinette in the Temple Prison (1793)
  • October 16: Marie-Antoinette is convicted and guillotined on the Place de la Revolution. (Now Place de la Concorde).
  • October 17: The Army of the Convention under Generals Jean-Baptiste Kléber and François Séverin Marceau-Desgraviers defeats the Vendéen rebels at Cholet. Octo
  • October 20: The Convention orders the repression of the ultra-revolutionary Enragés.
  • October 28: The Convention forbids religious instruction by clerics.
  • October 30: The Revolutionary Tribunal sentences the 21 Girondin deputies to death.
  • October 31: The 21 Girondin deputies are guillotined.
  • November 3: Olympe de Gouges, champion of rights for women, accused of Girondin sympathies, is guillotined.
  • November 7: Philippe Égalité is guillotined.
  • November 8: Manon Roland is guillotined in the purge of Girondins. Before her execution, she cries: "Liberty, what crimes are committed in your name!"
  • November 10: The Cathedral of Notre Dame is re-dedicated as a Temple of Reason in to the civic religion of the Cult of Reason.
  • November 12: The astronomer and former mayor of Paris, Jean Sylvain Bailly, is executed for his role in suppressing a demonstration on the Champs-de-Mars on July 17, 1791.
  • November 17: On Robespierre's orders, supporters of Danton are arrested.
  • November 20: Danton returns to Paris, after being absent since October 11. He urges "indulgence" toward opponents and "national reconciliation".
  • November 23: The Paris Commune orders the closing of all churches and places of worship in Paris.
  • November 25: Convention votes to remove Mirabeau's remains from the Panthéon are replace them with those of Marat.
  • December 5: The Cordelier deputy Camille Desmoulins, supporting Danton, publishes an appeal for national reconciliation.
  • December 12: Defeat of the rebel Vendéen army at Le Mans.
  • December 19: Withdrawal of the British from Toulon, following a successful military operation conceived and led by a young artillery officer, Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • December 23: The Army of General François Joseph Westermann destroys the last the Vendéen army at Savenay, Six thousand prisoners are executed.
  • December 24: To punish the rebellious city, the Convention takes away the name of Toulon and renames it "Port-la-Montagne.

1794- The fury of the Terror, the Cult of the Supeme Being, and the Downfall of Robespierre[edit]

  • January 8: At the Jacobins, Robespierre denounces Fabre d'Eglantine, the instigator of the September massacre, father of the Revolutionary calendar, and ally of Danton.
  • January 13: Arrest of Fabre d'Églantine for alleged diversion of state funds.
  • January 29: Death of Henri de la Rochejaquelein, royalist and military leader of the Vendéens, fighting at Nouaillé.
  • February 4: The Convention votes to abolish slavery in French colonies.
  • February 5: Robespierre lectures the Convention on the necessity for the Terror: "The foundations of a popular government in a revolution are virtue and terror; terror without virtue is disastrous; and virtue without terror is powerless. The Government of the Revolution is the despotism of liberty over tyranny." [8]
  • February: 6: Napoleon Bonaparte is promoted to general for his role in driving the British from Toulon,
  • February 6: Recall of Jean-Baptiste Carrier from Nantes. As official delegate of the Convention, he was responsible for killing as many as ten thousand Vendéen prisoners, many of them drowned in barges deliberately sunk in the Loire River.
  • February 10: jacques Roux commits suicide in prison.
  • February 22: In a speech at the Cordeliers, Hébert attacks both the factions of Danton and Rotbespierre.
  • March 4: At the Cordeliers Club, Jean-Baptiste Carrier calls for an insurrection against the Convention.
  • March 11: The Committees of Public Safety and General Security denounce a planned uprising by the Cordeliers.
  • March 13: Saint-Just, President of the Convention, denounces a plot against liberty and the French people. Hébert and many other Cordeliers are arrested.
  • March 15: Robespierre tells the Convention that "All the factions must perish from the same blow."
  • March 20: Arrest of general Hoche, a member of the Cordelier Club. He is freed in August after the fall of Robespierre.
  • March 21: Trial of the Hébertists begins. To compromise them, they are tried together with foreign bankers, aristocrats and counter-revolutionaries.
  • March 24: Hébert and leaders of the Cordeliers are condemned to death and guillotined.
  • March 27: The philosopher and mathematician the Marquis de Condorcet is arrested. He commits suicide the next day.

March 3 - the arrest and trial of Danton and Desmoulins[edit]

  • March 30: Danton, Camille Desmoulins and their supporters arrested.
  • April 1: Robespierre creates a new Bureau of Police attached to the Committee of Public Safety, in opposition to the existing police under the Committee of General Safety.
  • April 2: Trial of Danton before the Revolutionary Tribunal. He uses to occasion to ridicule and insult his opponents.
  • April 4: The Convention decrees that anyone who insults the justice system is excluded from speaking, barring Danton from defending himself.
  • April 5: Danton and Desmoulins are convicted and guillotined the same day.
  • April 8: Robespierre makes accusations against the Convention delegate Joseph Fouché at a meeting of the Jacobins.
  • April 10: The members of the alleged Conspiracy of Luxembourg, a diverse collection of followers of Danton and Hébert and other individuals, are put trial. Seven are acquitted and nineteen are condemned and executed, including Lucile Desmoulins, the widow of Camille Desmoulins; General Arthur Dillon, who had fought in the American Revolution; Pierre Gaspard Chaumette, the widow of Jacques Hébert, and the defrocked former Bishop Gobel.
  • April 14: At the request of Robespierre, the Convention orders the transfer of the ages of Jean-Jacques Rousseau to the Pantheon.
  • April 15: A report to the Convention by Saint-Just calls from greater centralization of the police under the control of the Committee for Public Safety.
  • April 19: By the Treaty of the Hague, Britain agrees to fund an army of 62,000 Prussian soldiers to continue the war against France.
  • April 20: In a report to the Convention, the Deputy Billaud-Varenne delivers a veiled attack against Robespierre: "All people jealous of their liberty should be on guard even against the virtues of those men who occupy eminent postions."
  • April 26: Divisions within the Committee of Public Safety between Saint-Just and Lazare Carnot. Saint-Juste accuses Carnot of links with aristocrats and threatens him the guillotine, while Carnot calls Saint-Just a ridiculous dictator." [9]
  • May 7: Robespierre asks the Convention to decree "that the French people recognize the existence of a Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul", and to organize celebrations of the new cult.
  • May 8: The chemist Antoine Lavoisier, along with twenty-six other former members of the Fermiers-Généraux, is tried and guillotined. .
  • May 10: Arrest of Jean Nicolas Pache, the former Mayor of Paris, and his replacement by Lescot Fleuriot, a close ally of Robespierre.
  • May 10: Execution of Madame Elisabeth, the sister of Louis XVI
  • June 2: Naval battle between British and French fleets off Ouessant. The French lose seven warships, but a convoy carrying grain from the United States is able to dock in Brest.
  • June 4: Robespierre is unanimously elected President of the Convention.

June 8 - Festival of the Supreme Being - Accelaration of the Terror[edit]

  • June 8: Festival of the Supreme Being, conducted by Robespierre. Some Deputies visibly show annoyance with his behavior at the Festival.
  • June 10: Law of 22 Prairial - As the prisons are full, the Convention speeds up the trials of those accused. Witnesses are no longer required to testify.From June 11 to July 27 1,376 prisoners are sentenced to death, with no acquittals, compared with 1251 death sentences in the previous fourteen months. The Convention also gives itself the exclusive right to arrest its own members.[10]
  • June 12: Robespierre announces to the Convention that he will demand the heads of "intriguers" who are plotting against the Convention, without naming names.
  • June 26: French forces under Jourdan defeat Austrians at the Battle of Fleurus.
  • June 29: Dispute the Committee of Public Safety. Billaud-Varenne, Carnot and Collot d'Herbois accuse Robespierre of behaving like a dictator. He leaves the Committee and does not return before July 23.
  • July 1: Robespierre speaks at the Jacobin Club, denouncing a conspiracy against him within the Convention, the Committee of Public Safety, and Committee of General Security.
  • July 8: French forces under Generals Jourdan and Pichegru capture Brussels from Austrians.
  • July 9: Robespierre speaks again at the Jacobin Club, denying he has already made lists, but refusing to name those he plans to arrest.
  • July 14: At the request of Robespierre, Joseph Fouché is expelled from the Jacobin Club.
  • July 23: Alexandre Beauharnais, the husband of Napoleon's future wife Josephine, is tried and executed.
  • July 23: Robespierre attends a meeting of reconciliation with the members of the Committees of Public Safety and General Security, and the dispute seems settled.
  • July 25: The poet André Chenier, is among those guillotined.

July 26–28: Arrest and execution of Robespierre - End of the terror[edit]

  • July 26: Robespierre gives a violent speech at the Convention, demanding the arrest and punishment of "traitors" in the Committees of Public Safety and General Security, without naming them. The Convention first votes to publish the speech, but Billaud-Varenne and Cambon demand names and attack Robespierre. The Convention sends Robespierre's speech to the Committees for further study, without action.
  • July 27: The Convention votes the arrest of Robespierre, his younger brother, Saint-Just, Couthon and Lebas. Once outside the hall, they are quickly freed by De Hanriot and his supporters from the Paris Commune and hurry to the Hotel de Ville to organize a counter-attack. They expect crowds of supporters to join them during the night, but few supporters arrive.
  • July 28; at two in the morning, soldiers loyal to the Convention take the Hotel de Ville without a fight. Robespierre is wounded in the jaw by a gunshot, either from a gendarme or self-inflicted. His brother is badly injured falling or jumping from the window. In the morning, Robespierre and his supporters are taken to the Revolutionary Tribunal for formal identification. Since they have been declared outside the law, no trial is considered necessary. In the evening of July 28, Robespierre and his supporters, including his brother, Saint=Juste, Couthon and de Hanriot, 22 persons in all, are guillotined.
  • July 29: Arrest and execution of seventy allies of Robespierre within the Paris Commune. In all, 106 Robespierrists are guillotined.
  • August 5: Inmates of Paris prisons arrested under the Law of Suspects are released.
  • August 9: Napoleon Bonaparte is arrested in Nice, but released on August 20.
  • August 24: The Convention reorganizes the government, distributing power among sixteen different committees.
  • August 29: First anti-Jacobin demonstration in Paris by disaffected young middle-class Parisians called Muscadins,
  • August 30: French army retakes Condé sur Escaut. All French territory is now freed of foreign occupation.
  • August 31: The Convention puts Paris under the direct control of the national government.
  • September 1: The Museum of French Monuments is founded to protect religious architecture and art threatened with destruction.
  • September 13: The Abbé Henri Grégoire, a member of the Convention, coins the term "vandalism" to describe destruction of religious monuments across France
  • September 18: The Convention stops paying officially-sanctioned priests and stops maintaining church properties
  • September 21: The remains of Marat are placed in the Pantheon.
  • October 1: Confrontations in the meetings of the Paris sections between supporters and opponents of the Terror.
  • October 3: Arrest of the leaders of the bands of armed sans-culottes in Paris
  • October 6 A French army captures Cologne.
  • October 22: Foundation of the Central School of Public Works, the future École Polytechnique
  • November 9: Muscadins attack the Jacobin Club. The attack is repeated on November 11.
  • November 12: The Convention orders the suspension of meetings of the Jacobin Club.
  • November 19: Treaty of London between the United States and England calls for joint suppression of French corsairs and a blockade of French ports.
  • December 3: Convention forms a committee of sixteen members to complete work on the Constitution of 1793.
  • December 8: Seventy-three surviving Girondist deputies are given seats again in the Convention.
  • December 16: Conviction and execution of the Jacobin Jean-Baptiste Carrier for ordering the mass execution of as many as ten thousand prisoners in the Vendée
  • December 24: The Convention repeals the law setting maximum prices for grain and other food products.

1795: The Directory Replaces the Convention[edit]

  • January 19: French army of Pichergru captures Amsterdam.
  • January 21: Capture of the Dutch fleet, trapped in the ice at Helder, by the French cavalry
  • February 2: Confrontations between Muscadins and sans-culottes in Paris streets.
  • February 5: The semi-official government newspaper Le Moniteur Universel condemns the past incitement to violence and terror by Marat and his allies.
  • February 8: Removal of the remains of Marat and three other extreme Jacobins from the Pantheon.
  • February 14; Several former leaders of the Jacobins in Lyon who conducted the Terror there are assassinated; beginning of the so-called First White Terror.
  • February 17: An amnesty granted to former Vendéen rebels, restoring freedom of religion.
  • February 21: On a proposal by Boissy d'Anglas, the Convention proclaims freedom of religion and the separation of church and state.
  • February 22: In the Convention, the Deputy Rovere demands the punishment of Jacobins who carried out the Terror. Former Jacobin leaders in several cities placed under arrest. Four Jacobins in Nîmes who conducted the Terror there are assassinated.
  • March 2: The Convention orders the arrest of Barère, Villaud-Varenne, Collot d'Herbois and Vadier, the Jacobins who had orchestrated the downfall of Robespierre.
  • March 5: In Toulon, arrested of the Jacobins who had carried out mass executions of the population.
  • March 8: Riot in Toulon by sans-culottes, who execute seven imprisoned émigrés.
  • March 17: Food riots in Paris.
  • March 19: Grain supplies in Paris are exhausted. The assignat falls to eight percent of its original value.
  • March 21: On a proposal by Sieyes, the Convention votes the death penalty for leaders of movements who try to overthrow the government.
  • March 28: Beginning of the trial of Fouquier-Tinville, the head of the Revolutionary Tribunal, who conducted the trials during the Terror.
  • April 1: Sans-culottes invade Convention, but leave when the National Guard arrives. Paris is declared in a state of siege.
  • April 1: The Convention orders the deportation to Guyana of Barère, Villaud-Varenne, and Collot d'Herbois, and the arrest of eight extreme-left deputies.
  • April 2: The French army under Pichergru suppresses an armed uprising in the faubourg Saint-Antoine.
  • April 5: Signature of a peace agreement between Prussia and France in Basel. Prussia accepts the French annexation of the left bank of the Rhine.
  • April 10: Convention orders the disarmament of Jacobins who were involved in the Terror.
  • April 11: The Convention restores civic rights to all citizens declared outside the law since May 31, 1793.
  • April 19: Assassination of six Jacobins involved in the Terror in Bourg-en-Bresse.
  • April 23: The Convention names a commission of eight members to revise the Constitution.
  • May 2: Agreement of last Vendéen rebels to lay down their arms in exchange for amnesty.
  • May 4: Massacre of twenty-five Jacobins imprisoned in Lyon.
  • May 7: The former chief prosecutor, Fouquier-Tinville, and the fourteen jurors of the Revolutionary Tribunal and are condemned to death and guillotined.

May 20–24: Last Paris uprising by the Jacobins and sans-culottes[edit]

  • May 20: Armed uprising against the Convention by Jacobins and sans-culottes. They invade the hall of the Convention and kill one Deputy, Féraud. The army responds quickly and clears out the hall. The Convention votes the arrest of those Deputies involved in the uprising.
  • May 21: New uprising of Jacobins and sans-culottes in Paris; they occupy the Hotel de Ville.
  • May 22: Third day of uprising in Paris. The Convention orders the army to occupy the Faubourg Saint-Antoine.
  • May 24: The army secures the Faubourg Saint-Antoine and disarms and arrests the participants in the uprising.
  • May 28: The last Jacobin former members of the Committees of Public Safety and General Security are arrested.
  • May 31: The Convention abolishes the Revolutionary Tribunal.
  • June 8: Death of the young Louis XVII in prison at the Temple. His uncle in exile, the Comte de Provence, inherits the title as Louis XVIII.
  • June 10: The Convention decriminalizes those émigrés who fled France after May 21, 1793, after the Jacobin seizure of power.
  • June 12: Deputies who supported the May 20–22 uprising are put on trial.
  • June 17: Suicide of six deputies condemned to death for participation in the May 20–22 uprising.

June 25-July 27: Renewed uprisings in the Vendée and a royalist invasion of Brittany[edit]

  • June 23: The rebels of the Véndée, under Charette, resume their rebellion.
  • June 23: An rebel Breton army, called the Chouans, with fourteen thousand soldiers, gathers near Quiberon in Brittany.
  • June 26: An army of four thousand royalist émigrés is landed by the British in the Bay of Carnac in Brittany.
  • June 30: The royalist émigré army in Brittany is defeated in front of Vannes by General Hoche.
  • June 30: The Chouans are forced to abandon Auray. The royalist army retreats to the peninsula of Quiberon, where on July 7 they are besieged by Hoche.
  • July 15: Two thousand more royalist émigrés are landed at Quiberon, where they also are trapped by Hoche.
  • July 17: A French army in Spain under Moncey captures Vitoria and takes Bilbao on July 19.
  • July 21: The royalist army in Quiberon surrenders. 748 émigrés are shot.
  • July 22: Peace agreement signed between Spain and France; France receives from Spain the western portion of the island of Saint-Dominigue (now the Dominican Republic). with Spain out of the war, France is at war only with Austria and England.
  • August 9: The Convention orders the arrest of Joseph Fouché and several other Montagnard deputies.
  • August 15: The Convention adopts the Franc as the French monetary unit.

August 22- September 23: The New Constiution is approved: the Directory takes power[edit]

  • August 22: The new French Constitution is adopted by the Convention. It calls for an upper and lower house of the parliament, on the American and British model, and an executive directory of five members. According to the terms of the Constitution, two-thirds of the Deputies of the new Assembly are former deputies of the Convention.
  • September 23: Approved by a national referendum, the new Constitution comes into effect.

October 5: "A whiff of grapeshot": Napoleon suppresses a royalist rebellion in Paris[edit]

  • October 5: An armed royalist uprising threatens the Convention. On the orders Paul Barras, in charge of the defense of Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte leads the army against the uprising. He uses cannons with grapeshot to destroy a rebel gathering in front of the Church of Saint-Roche.
  • October 12: Beginning of elections to the new chambers of the legislature, the Council of 500 and the Council of the Ancients.
  • October 12: Montagnard army officers dismissed under the Convention are reintegrated into the army.
  • October 23: The assignat falls to just three percent of its nominal value. There are twenty billion notes in circulation.
  • October 26: Napoleon Bonaparte is named commander in chief of the army of the interior.
  • October 31: The first Directory is elected by the legislature; its members are Louis Marie de La Revelliere-Lepeaux, Jean-François Reubell, Étienne-François Letourneur, Paul Barras and Sieyes, who declines to serve and is replaced by Lazare Carnot.
  • December 10: The legislature votes a forced loan of six hundred million francs to be taken from the wealthiest French citizens.
  • December 26: Madame Royale, the daughter of Louis XVI, held in a Paris prison, is exchanged for a group of republican prisoners held in Austria.
  • December 31: Armistice on the Rhine halting combat between the French and Austrian armies

1796: Napoleon's campaign in Italy - Defeat of the royalists in the Vendée - a failed uprising in Paris[edit]

  • January 2: Creation by the Directory of the Ministry of the Police, under Merlin de Douai.
  • January 21: Commemoration of the anniversary of the execution of the King. The Director Reubell gives a speech denouncing the extremism of the left.
  • January 25: The Directory is given the provisional power to name the administrators of cities.
  • January 26: The royalist and rebel leader Nicolas Stofflet tries to restart the War in the Vendée
  • February 2: Wolfe Tone, leader of the Irish revolutionaries, arrives in France, seeking military support to liberate Ireland.
  • February 19: The government stops issuing assignats, which have lost most of their value. Thirty-nine billion are in circulation.
  • February 20: The United States and Britain extend their treaty of November 19, 1794. Relations between France and the United States deteriorate.
  • February 23: The Vendéen rebel and royalist leader Nicolas Stofflet is captured and shot in Angers the following day.
  • February 28: On the orders of the Directory, General Bonaparte closes the extreme leftist Club du Panthéon, founded by a follower of Marat.
  • March 2: The Directory names Bonaparte the commander of the Army of Italy.
  • March 9: Marriage of Napoleon Bonaparte and Joséphine de Beauharnais, the widow of a French general and political leader killed in the Terror.
  • March 18: The Directory replaces the assignat with two billion four hundred million 'Mandats territoriaux, which can be used to purchase nationalized property. Within three weeks they lose eighty percent of their value.
  • March 23: François de Charette, last leader of the royalist rebellion in the Vendée, is captured and shot in Nantes.
  • March 30: The ultra-leftist leader and early socialist François Noel Babeuf forms an insurrectional committee and movement, called Les Egaux, or "the Equals", to overthrow the government. They hold a demonstration in Paris on April 6.
  • April 10: Bonaparte begins his Italian campaign with victories over the Austrians at Montenotte (April 12) and the Sardinians at Millesimo (April 13).
  • May 2: The Followers of François Noel Babeuf and the remaining Montagnards form a common plan to overthrow the Directory.
  • May 9: Bonaparte forces an armistice upon the Duke of Parma.
  • May 10: Bonaparte defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Lodi.
  • May 15: Treaty signed in Paris between the Directory and the King of Sardinia. The King agrees to cede Savoy and Nice to France.
  • May 19: In Milan, Napoleon promises "independence" for Italy.
  • May 20: The Austrians renounce the armistice along the Rhine, and the war resumes on that front.
  • June 4: Bonaparte begins the siege of Mantua, the last Italian city held by Austria.
  • June 5: Bonaparte signs an armistice with the King of Sicily.
  • June 12: Bonaparte's army enters Romagna, one of the Papal States.
  • June 22: End of the Civil War in the west of France, with the submission of Georges Cadoudal and the departure of Louis de Frotté for England.
  • June 23: Bonaparte signs an armistice with the Holy See, which permits the French occupation of the northern Papal States.
  • July 9: The Island of Elba is occupied by the British.
  • July 10: A new Austrian army under Wurmser arrives in Italy.
  • July 16: General Kleber captures Frankfurt.
  • July 18: French army under General Laurent de Gouvion Saint-Cyr captures Stuttgart.
  • July 20: General Hoche is named head of an army to invade Ireland in support of the Irish independence movement.
  • August 5: Bonaparte defeats the Austrians under Wurmser at the Battle of Castiglione. The Austrian army retreats to the Tyrol.
  • August 18: Treaty of alliance signed between France and Spain at San Ildefenso.
  • September 8: Bonaparte defeats the Austrians under Wurmser at the Battle of Bassano.
  • September 9: Failed insurrection at the Grenelle army camp Paris by followers of François Noel Babeuf, and Montagnards, infiltrated by agents of the police.
  • October 5: Spain, now allied with France, declares war on Britain.
  • October 10: The thirty-two leaders of the September 9 Babeuf uprising are tried by a military tribunal and sentenced to death.
  • October 16: Bonaparte encourages the proclamation of a Cispadane Republic in northern Italy, composed of Modena and some of the Papal states.
  • November 2: Austria sends two more armies to northern Italy to confront Bonaparte.
  • November 15–17: Decisive victory of Bonaparte over the Austrians at the Battle of Arcole.
  • December 4: Abrogation of the harshest parts of the October 25, 1795 laws punishing émigrés and refectory priests.
  • December 15–17: Departure from Brest of a fleet carrying a French army commanded by Hoche to invade Ireland.
  • December 24–25: Storms separate the French invasion fleet off Ireland and force it to return to France.

1797: Bonaparte chases the Austrians from Italy; a republican coup d'etat against the royalists in Paris[edit]

  • January 7: A new Austrian army commanded by General József Alvinczi is sent to fight Bonaparte in Italy
  • January 14: Bonaparte defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Rivoli
  • January 2: Surrender of last Austrian forces in Italy, in Mantua, to Bonaparte
  • February 9: Bonaparte occupies Ancona, to force the Pope to negotiate with him. Negotiations begin February 12.
  • February 14: Defeat of the Spanish fleet, allies of the French, at the Battle of Cape Saint Vincent
  • February 19: The Pope cedes Venaissin and the northern portion of the Italian papal states to the new Cispadane Republic.
  • February 20: Beginning of the trial of Babeuf and his leading followers at the High Court of Justice in Vendome.
  • March 2: The Directory authorizes French warships to capture U.S. ships, in relation for the British-US treaty of February 20, 1796
  • March 9: Bonaparte begins a new offensive in Italy against the Army of the Archduke Charles.
  • March 18: French voters are required to take an oath of fidelity to the government before voting on April 18.
  • April 7: After a series of victories by Bonaparte, the Austrians agree to negotiate.
  • April 18: Preliminary Treaty of Leoben; Austria gives up its claim to Belgium; a secret agreement divides the territories of Venice between Austria and France.
  • April 18: Results of partial elections for the legislature. Two hundred five of the two hundred sixteen deputies running are defeated, and many are replaced by royalists.
  • April 27: Massacre of anti-French insurgents in Verona by French army.
  • April 30: The Directory ratifies the Treaty of Leoben.
  • May 2: Bonaparte declares war on Venice.
  • May 12: Revolutionaries overthrow the government council (Patriciat) of Venice.
  • May 16: Bonaparte begins negotiations with the Doge of Venice.
  • May 20. New session of the French legislature begins. The royalist Pichegru is chosen President of the Council of Five Hundred, and another royalist, François Barbé-Marbois becomes President of the Council of Ancients.
  • May 20: A drawing of lots removes the moderate republican Étienne-François Letourneur. He is replaced by the royalist diplomat François Barthélemy on June 6.
  • May 26: The revolutionary Babeuf and one supporter, Darthé, are sentenced to death. They are executed in Vendome on May 27.
  • June 4: First meeting of the Cercle Constitutionnel, a club of prominent moderate republican deputies. Its leaders include Sieyes, and Talleyrand, and Garat.
  • June 14: Bonaparte installs a new government in Genoa, with the aim of creating a new Ligurian Republic.
  • June 24: The Director Paul Barras contacts General Hoche, seeking support for a coup d'état against the royalist majority in the two Councils.
  • June 27: The royalist majority in the Councils repeal the law of October 25, 1795, which added additional punishments against refractory priests and émigrés
  • June 28: French troops land on Corfu, previously owned by Venice.

July 28: General Hoche sends 15,000 soldiers from the Rhine to Best via Paris, on the pretext of planning an invasion of Ireland.

  • July 3: Talleyrand proposes a French expedition against Egypt.
  • July 9: The French support the formation of the Cisalpine Republic, composed of the former Cispadane Republic plus Lombardy.
  • July 16: Conflict within the Directory between Barthélemy and Lazare Carnot, favorable to the monarchists, and the three pro-republican directors, Paul Barras, La Revelliere-Lepeaux, and Reubell.
  • July 17: Army of Hoche arrives within three leagues of Paris, a violation of the Constitution. The royalist Councils protest.
  • July 20: Barras produces evidence that General Pichegru was in secret correspondence with Louis XVIII and the monarchists. Carnot joins sides with the three republican directors.
  • July 25: The Councils vote a law forbidding political clubs, including the republican Cercle Constituionnel
  • July 27: Bonapartre sends General Augereau to Paris as military commander of the city, to support a coup d'état against the royalists.
  • August 16: Bonaparte writes to the Directory, proposing a military intervention in Egypt "To truly destroy England".

September 4: a republican coup d'etat against the royalists[edit]

  • September 4: Coup d'état of 18 Fructidor against the royalists in the legislature. Augereau arrests Barthélemy, Pichegru, and the leading royalist deputies.
  • September 5: The Directory forces the Councils to adopt new laws annulling the elections of 200 royalist deputies in 53 departments, and deporting 65 royalist leaders and journalists.
  • September 8: Election of two new republican directors, Merlin de Douai and Francois de Neufchateau, to replace Carnot and Barthélemy.
  • September 23: General Augereau, who carried out the September 4 coup, is named commander of the new Army of the Rhine.
  • September 29: Directory instructs Bonaparte to win major concessions in negotiations with Austria, and, in the event of refusal, to march on Vienna.
  • October 17: Signature of peace between Austria and France in the Treaty of Campo Formio. Austria obtains Venice and its possessions, while France receives Belgium and the right bank of the Rhine River as far as Cologne.
  • December 21: Bonaparte meets with the Irish leader Wolfe Tone to discuss a future French landing in Ireland.
  • December 28: Anti-French riots in Rome, and murder of a French general, Mathurin Leonard Duphot.
  • December 29: The Pope apologies to France for the Rome riots, but his apology is rejected by the Directory.

1798 - New republics in Switzerland and Italy; an election annulled; Bonaparte invades Egypt[edit]

  • January 5: The French legislature passes a law authorizing a loan of eighty million francs to prepare an invasion of England.
  • January 11; The Directory orders General Louis-Alexandre Berthier and his army to march on Rome to punish the papal government for the murder of General Duphot.
  • January 12: Bonaparte presents a plan for an invasion of England to the Directory.
  • January 24: The Vaud region of Switzerland, with French support, declares independence from the Swiss government in Berne.
  • January 18: The legislature authorizes French ships to seize neutral ships carrying British merchandise.
  • January 26: The Directory authorizes French troops to intervene on behalf of the Swiss uprising in Vaud against the Swiss government.
  • February 11: Berthier and his army enter Rome.
  • February 14: Talleyrand presents to the Directory a project for a French conquest of Egypt.
  • February 15: General Berthier, in Rome, proclaims a new A Roman Republic, under French protection.
  • February 23: Bonapartte recommends to the Directory the abandonment of the invasion of England, and an invasion of Egypt instead.
  • March 5: The Drectory approves Bonaparte's plan to invade Egypt.
  • March 6: The French army captures Berne.
  • March 9: The Parliament of German states, meeting in Rastadt. accepts the annexation of the left bank of the Rhine by France.
  • March 22: Under the sponsorship of General Brune, an assembly in Aarau proclaims a Helvetian Republic.
  • April 4: Following the French model, the new Helvetian Republic declares itself a secular republic.
  • April 9–18: Elections for one-third of the seats in the French legislature.
  • April 26: The Treaty of Geneva formally unites the Helvetian Republic with France.
  • April 7: A report to the Council of Five Hundred declares that the French elections were irregular, and recommends exclusion of candidates of the far left.
  • May 11: The Council of Ancients and Council of Five Hundred invalidate the election of 106 left-wing deputies. ( Law of 22 Floréal Year VI )
  • May 15: Jean Baptiste Treilhard is elected to the Directory in place of Francois de Neufchateau.
  • May 19: Bonparte and his army set sail from Toulon for Egypt.
  • May 23: Anti-British uprising begins in Ireland; the Irish rebels believe that Bonaparte is sailing to Ireland.
  • June 9–11: Bonaparte invades and captures Malta.
  • July 1–2: Bonaparte lands in Egypt and captures Alexandria.
  • July 14: Irish uprising suppressed by the British army.
  • July 21: Bonaparte defeats the Mamelukes at the Battle of the Pyramids.
  • July 24: Bonaparte and his army enter Cairo.
  • August 1: Admiral Nelson and the British fleet destroy the French fleet at the Battle of the Nile, stranding Bonaparte in Egypt.
  • August 6: A French fleet and expeditionary force sails for Ireland to aid the Irish rebels, though the rebellion is already defeated.
  • August 22: French troops under General Jean Joseph Amable Humbert land at Killala, in northwest Ireland.
  • August 27: General Humbert defeats a British force at the Battle of Castlebar, and declares an Irish republic.
  • September 2: Suppression of a royalist revolt in the south of the Massif Central in France and the arrest of its leaders.
  • September 5: The French legislature requires all French men between twenty and twenty-five to perform military service.
  • September 9: The forces of General Humbert are surrounded by the British army at the Battle of Ballinamuck and forced to surrender.
  • September 16: A new French expeditionary force sails from Brest to Ireland
  • September 24: The French government calls two hundred thousand men for military service.
  • October 8: Francois de Neufchateau Minister of the Interior, creates the first Higher Council on Public Education.
  • October 11: French fleet and expeditionary force defeated off coast of Ireland; six of eight warships captured.
  • October 12: Belgian peasants rebel against obligatory service in French army.
  • October 21: Population of Cairo rebels against French occupation. Rebellion suppressed by Bonaparte on October 22.
  • November 4: Directory orders deportation of Belgian priests, blamed for peasant uprising
  • November 5: A Russian-Turkish fleet blockades Corfu, occupied by the French army.
  • November 16: Austria and England agree to cooperate to force France back to its 1789 boundaries.
  • November 23–24: Directory, desperate for money, imposes new real estate tax and additional taxes based on number of doors and windows
  • November 27: The army of the King of Naples captures Rome.
  • December 4: French troops defeat Belgian rebels at Hasselt and massacre insurgents. End of peasant uprising in Belgium.
  • December 6: French army under Jean Étienne Championnet defeats the army of the King of Naples at Battle of Civita Castellana.
  • December 14: French army under Championnet recaptures Rome.
  • December 21: French army attacks Naples and forces King of Naples to take sanctuary on the flagship of Admiral Nelson.
  • December 29: Alliance between Russia, Britain and the Kingdoms of Naples and Sicily against France signed.

1799: France at War in Italy and Germany; Bonaparte returns from Egypt; the Consulate seizes power[edit]

  • January 10: The army of General Championnet captures Capua.
  • January 23: French army occupies Naples
  • January 26: Proclamation of a new republic in Naples, named Parthénopéenne by the Directory
  • February 1: Victory of General Louis Desaix over the Mamelukes at Aswan completes the French conquest of upper Egypt
  • February 3: Conflict between Generals Championnet and Faipoult over who will command French troops in Naples.
  • February 6: Championnet orders the expulsion of Faipoult from Naples.
  • February 20: Bonaparte marches his army from Cairo toward Syria.
  • February 20: Bonaparte defeats a Turkish army and occupies Arish in the Sinai Peninsula.
  • February 24: The Directory orders the arrest of General Championnet.
  • February 24: General Jean-Baptiste Jourdan assembles the Army of the Danube and prepares to cross the Rhine and invade German states and Austria.
  • March 1–2: French armies under Jourdan and Bernadotte cross the Rhine.
  • March 3: French troops in Corfu surrender, after a long siege by a Russian-Turkish fleet.
  • March 7: Bonaparte captures Jaffa in Palestine. Some of his soldiers are infected with the Plague.
  • March 11: Bonaparte visits the hospital for plague victims in Jaffa.
  • March 12: The Directory declares war on Austria and on the Duchy of Tuscany.
  • March 19: Bonaparte lays siege to Saint-Jean-d'Acre in Palestine.
  • March 21: French troops enter Tuscany.
  • March 23: Army of General Massena defeated by Austrians at Battle of Feldkirch.
  • March 25: Defeat of Jourdan by Austrians at Battle of Stockach
  • March 28: Bonaparte tries unsuccessfully to capture Saint-Jean-d'Acre.
  • April 1: Bonaparte fails again to take Saint-Jean-d'Acre.
  • April 3: Jourdan resigns as commander of the Army of the Danube. His army pulls back ago the west bank of the Rhine on April 6.
  • April 9: Beginning of legislative elections in France to replace one-third of members.
  • April 10: Pope Pius VI a prisoner of the French, is transferred to France.
  • April 14: The Austrian army of Melas and the Russian army of Alexander Suvorov join in Italy.
  • April 16: Bonaparte defeats a Turkish army at the Battle of Mount Tabor.
  • April 18: French elections result in a major loss for supporters of the government, and a victory for extreme left
  • April 24: Bonaparte fails a third time to capture Saint-Jean-d'Acre.
  • April 27: Russian army of Suvorov defeats French forces under Jean Victor Marie Moreau at the Battle of Cassano.
  • April 29: Russian army of Suvarov enters Milan.
  • May 1: Bonaparte fails for a fourth time to capture Saint-Jean-d'Acre.
  • May 10: Fifth and last attempt by Bonaparte to capture Saint-Jean-d'Acre. He lifts the siege on May 17.
  • May 16: As the result of the system of drawing lots, Reubell leaves the Directory and is replaced by Sieyes, who is seen as a moderate leftist.
  • May 19: An English fleet lands soldiers at Ostende in Belgium. The expedition fails, and withdraws the following day.
  • May 26: The Austrians and Russians enter Turin.
  • June 4–6: Masséna is forced to withdraw his forces from Zurich.
  • June 14: Bonaparte returns to Cairo.

Conflicts between the Directory and the Legislature (June 1799)[edit]

  • June 16: A serious struggle begins between the newly elected left-wing members of the Council of Five Hundred and the Directory, due to the string of French military defeats. The legislature demands new measures for "public safety".
  • June 17: The Council of 500 and Council of the Ancients annul the election of Jean-Baptiste Treilhard to the Directory and replace him with a leftist member, Louis Jerome Gohier.
  • June 18–19. Two royalist members of the Directory, Merlin de Douai and Louis Marie de La Révellière-Lépeaux, are forced to resign from the Directory, under threat of being brought to trial by the Councils. They are replaced by two moderate leftists, Pierre Roger Ducos, and Jean-François-Auguste Moulin. (Coup of 30 Prairial Year VII )
  • June 19: A French army under Etienne Macdonald is defeated by the Russians under Suvorov at the Battle of the Trebia
  • June 19: Another reversal in Italy; The French garrison of Naples surrenders..
  • June 28: The Council votes to demand a forced loan of one hundred million francs from wealthy citizens to equip new armies.
  • July 5: Two commanders with neo-Jacobin sympathies are promoted by the Directory; Joubert is named new commander of the Army of Italy, and Championnet is chosen to command the Army of the Alps.
  • July 7: A neo-Jacobin club, the Reunion of Friends of Liberty and Equality, is founded in Paris.
  • July 12: The Council of Five Hundred of votes a new law on hostages, demands lists of royalists be made in each department, and brings accusations against former members of the Directory with royalist tendencies.
  • July 14: At a celebration of the anniversary of the Revolution, General Jourdan calls "bringing back the pikes", the weapons of the Jacobin street mobs during the Terror. On the same day, Siéyes gives a speech denouncing the new Jacobins.
  • July 17: A Turkish army is transported to Egypt by the British navy, and landed at Aboukir.
  • July 25: Bonaparte defeats the Turkish army at the Battle of Aboukir.
  • August 6: Royalist uprisings in Toulouse and Bordeaux. Both are quickly suppressed by the army.
  • August 13: Sieyés orders the closing of the new Jacobin Club in Paris.
  • August 15: Defeat of the French Army of Italy under General Barthélemy Catherine Joubert at the Battle of Novi. General Joubert is killed.
  • August 18: The Council of 500 decides, by a vote of 217-214, not to arrest and try the former members of the Directory, accused of royalist sympathies.
  • August 23: Bonaparte has had no news from France in six months. The British admiral Sir Sidney Smith sends him a packet of French newspapers, which he reads in one night. He hands over command of the army to General Kleber and leaves Egypt with a small party aboard the frigate La Muiron.[11]
  • August 29: Pope Pius VI dies as a French prisoner in Valence.
  • August 29: Jean Étienne Championnet, prominent among the Jacobin generals, is named new commander of the Army of Italy.
  • September 13: General Jourdan, leader of the Jacobins in the army, asks the Council of 500 to declare a state of national emergency.
  • September 14: Council of 500 refuses to declare a state of national emergency.
  • September 14: The Director Sieyes obtains the resignation of Jean Bernadotte as Minister of War, on the grounds that Bernadotte was planning a Jacobin coup d'état.
  • September 15: The royalist leaders in the west of France, including the Breton leader Georges Cadoudal, meet to organize a new uprising against Paris.
  • September 24: The royalist military commander Louis de Frotté lands in Normandy to take charge of the new uprising.
  • September 25–26: General André Masséna defeats the Russian-Austrian army of Alexander Korsakov at the Second Battle of Zurich.
  • September 29: The Russian army under Suvorov is forced to retreat across the Alps.
  • October 6: A French-Dutch army under General Guillaume Brune defeats a Russian-British force at the Battle of Castricum. The British and Russians withdraw their troops from the Netherlands.

Bonaparte returns to France (October 9, 1799)[edit]

  • October 9: Bonaparte lands at Saint-Raphael.
  • October 14: Sieyes invites General Jean Victor Marie Moreau to organize a Coup d'État against the Jacobins in the Councils, but Moreau refuses.
  • October 16: Bonapartre arrives in Paris to public celebrations.
  • October 17: Bonapartre is received by the Directory.
  • October 19: The royalist forces in the west. called the Chouans, capture Nantes, but are forced to withdraw the next day.
  • October 23: The Russian Czar Paul I orders the withdrawal of Russian troops from the war against the French.
  • October 23: Lucien Bonaparte, younger brother of the general, is elected President of the Council of Five Hundred.
  • October 23-29: Royalist forces in Brittany and the Vendée briefly capture several cities, but are quickly driven out by the French army.
  • November 1: Bonaparte meets with Sieyes; they dislike each other, but agree to a parliamentary coup d'etat to replace the Directory.
  • November 3: Bonaparte meets with Fouché, the Minister of Police, who agrees not to interfere with a coup d'etat.
  • November 6: The Councils of the Ancients and the Five Hundred offer a banquet to Bonaparte at the former Church of Saint Sulpice.
  • November 7: General Jourdan proposes that Bonaparte join him a Jacobin coup d'etat against the Directory. Bonapartre refuses.
  • November 8: Bonaparte dines with Cambaceres and arranges the final details of the coup d'etat.

The Coup d'Etat of November 9-10[edit]

  • November 9: The coup d'etat begins. French troops loyal to Bonaparte occupy key points in Paris. Lucien Bonaparte, the President of the Council of 500, warns the Deputies that a "terrorist" plot against the legislature has been discovered, and asks that the meetings of the Councils, scheduled for the next day, be moved for their security to the Chateau of Saint-Cloud, outside the city. Bonaparte is named the Commander in Chief of the army in Paris.
  • As agreed in advance, two members of the Directory who are complicit in the coup, Sieyes, and Roger Ducos offer their resignations. A third, Paul Barras, is persuaded to resign by Talleyrand. The two Jacobin directors, Louis-Jérôme Gohier and Jean-François-Auguste Moulin, are arrested by the soldiers of General Moreau and confined at the Luxembourg Palace. Fouché proposes to arrest the leading jacobin members of the Council of 500, but Bonaparte does not feel it is necessary, which proves to be a mistake. By the end of the day, Paris is entirely under the control of Bonaparte and officers loyal to him.
  • November 10: As proposed by Bonaparte, the members of the two Councils are transported to the Chateau of Saint-Cloud. Six thousand soldiers have been assembled by Bonaparte there, soldiers who are largely hostile the Councils because of delays in their pay.
  • Bonaparte speaks first to the Council of the Ancients, explaining the need for a change in government. The upper Council listens in silence and votes without opposition to accepts Bonaparte's proposal. Bonaparte then addresses the Council of 500, meeting in the Orangerie of the Chateau. Here his reception is much different; the Jacobin members protest angrily and insult and shout down Bonaparte, and threaten to declare him outside the law, which would have led to his immediate arrest. While the Council debated in great confusion inside, Lucien Bonaparte takes Bonaparte outside, and tells the waiting soldiers that the Deputies had tried to assassinate Bonaparte. The soldiers, furious, invade the meeting hall and chase out the Deputies at the point of bayonets. In the absence of the opposition deputies, two parliamentary commissions name Bonaparte, Sieyes and Duclos as the provisional Consuls of a new government.
  • November 11-22 Bonaparte and the two other Provisional Consuls name a new government, Berthier as minister of war, Talleyrand in charge of foreign relations; Fouché as Minister of Police, and Cambaceres as Minister of Justce.
  • December 1: Bonaparte rejects a constitution proposed by Sieyes.
  • December 24:The Councils, now firmly under the control of Bonaparte, adopt the Constitution of the Year VIII. The new Consulate is formally established, with Bonaparte as First Consul, Cambaceres as Second Consul, and Charles-Francois Lebrun as Third Consul. Traditional histories mark this date as the end of the French Revolution . [12]

References[edit]

Notes and CItations[edit]

  1. ^ Jean Tulard, Jean-François Fayard, Alfred Fierro, Histoire et dictionnaire de la Révolution française, Robert Laffont, Paris, 1998. (In French)
  2. ^ Jean Tulard, Jean-François Fayard, Alfred Fierro, Histoire et dictionnaire de la Révolution française, Robert Laffont, Paris, 1998. (In French)
  3. ^ Tulard, Fayard and Fierro, p. 318.
  4. ^ Tulard, Fayard, and Fierro 1998, p. 79.
  5. ^ Tulard, Fayard, Fierro 1998, p. 339.
  6. ^ [[#CITEREF|]].
  7. ^ Tulard, Fayard, Fierro 1996, pp. 1094-1095.
  8. ^ Cited in Tulard, Fayard and Fierro, Histoire et Dictionnaire de la Révolution Française (1998), pg. 1113
  9. ^ Tulard, Fayard, Fierro 1998, p. 367.
  10. ^ Tulard, Fayard, Fierro 1998, p. 369.
  11. ^ Thiers, Adolphe, Histoire de la Revolution Française, 1839 (Ninth edition), Volume 10, Chaper XIII, Project Gutenberg digital edition
  12. ^ Tulard, Fayard and Fierro, p. 410.

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