This KS3 History quiz takes a further look at the French Revolution. Revolution can be defined as a complete, drastic and usually far-reaching change. History tells us that was certainly the case during the French Revolution! The kings of France had enjoyed absolute power for almost a thousand years. The nobles still operated a feudal system, similar to the one that had existed in the Middle Ages in Britain. The lords extracted taxes from the poor and built their magnificent chateaus. King Louis XVI was in power but was not a strong or particularly popular king. His support for the Americans against the British during the War of Independence cost a lot of money. This did not help the state of the French economy.
Louis XVI's reign as an absolute monarch came to an end when a mob of angry women infiltrated the Palace of Versailles and tried to kill Marie Antoinette.
She was associated with a luxury lifestyle that highlighted the differences between the ruling classes and the working population. They were forced to move to the Tuileries Palace in Paris. Less than two years later, the King must have realised that the monarchy would soon be completely abolished. He realised that their lives were in danger once again and attempted to flee to Austria. He was captured at a place called Varennes and eventually executed in Paris.