French Revolution: Reveillon Riot

28 April 1789

French Revolution: Reveillon Riot


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    This image illustrates one of the first violent events of the French Revolution; a riot in Paris on 28 April 1789. It was directed at the Reveillon factory in the St Antoine district of Paris after it was rumoured that the factory owner would be decreasing wages.


    The French Revolution in 1789 overthrew King Louis XVI and established a republic based on the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity. This was a monumental event that not only demolished the ancien régime (the former system of monarchical government) in France but shocked the establishments in nations across the world. A new constitution was completed in 1791, with the monarchy still in place, but with the majority of the power resting with an elected assembly. However, this constitution was to last less than a year. Although Louis outwardly appeared to support the new constitutional order, inwardly he hoped the revolution would fail, and this was soon clear to the public as well. He was brought to trail for treason and executed by guillotine on 21 January 1793. 


    Shelfmark: 1850.c.28

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