The Battle of Valmy

The Battle of Valmy was the first major victory by the army of France during the Revolutionary Wars that followed the French Revolution. The action took place on September 20, 1792, as Prussian troops commanded by the Duke of Brunswick attempted to march on Paris. Generals François Kellermann and Charles Dumouriez stopped the advance near the northern village of Valmy in Champagne-Ardenne. In this early … Continue reading The Battle of Valmy

The Estates General of 1789

On May 5, 1789, the Estates General (Etats Generaux) of 1789 was convened in the Grands Salles des Menus-Plaisirs in Versailles, opening with a three-hour speech by Jacques Necker, a foreigner, Comptroller-General of Finance. The Estates General was a general assembly representing the French estates of the realm in the Ancien Régime. Monarchy was for the king and the queen and this system was made … Continue reading The Estates General of 1789

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Bonne Fête Nationale Française!

The 14th of July is annually celebrated as French National Day, also known as Bastille Day.  In France, it is known as National Day (fête nationale) or, more commonly, le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July), commemorating the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789.  The Bastille was a medieval fortress and in the center of Paris. It contained just seven inmates at the time of its … Continue reading Bonne Fête Nationale Française!