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A watershed event in modern European history, the French Revolution began in 1789 and ended in the late 1790s with the ascent of Napoleon Bonaparte. During this period, French citizens razed and redesigned their country’s political landscape, uprooting centuries-old institutions such as absolute monarchy and the feudal system.

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Louis-Charles, the unfortunate son of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. Separted from his mother, dying of tuberculosis, this little prince suffered greatly.

Titillating Tidbits About 18th Century France

Photograph by Francis Hammond Jewelry Cabinet This jewelry armoire was designed for Marie Antoinette by the cabinet maker Jean-F...

"The unfortunate Marie Antoinette Queen of France at the place of execution, October 16th 1793," mezzotint, 1793 (British Museum)  Mezzotint

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Portrait length color image of Maximilien Robespierre aka. President of the National Convention, by George Stuart.Museum of Ventura County

Maximilien Robespierre | He was the “incorruptible” who orchestrated the Great Terror.

Maximilien de Robespierre (1758-1794) was the mastermind of the Reign of Terror (1793-1794), the dark side of the French Revolution that perverted its high ideals of democracy with fanaticism and cruelty. Only Robespierre’s own beheading ended the slaughter. A man of stern virtue and morality, he was a small town lawyer who made his name at the opening of the revolution but turned radical with the pressures of power. His early enlightened views were eclipsed by his fanaticism as he was…

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Signatures from Marie Antoinettes Testament

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French Revolution playing card issued 1793, Queen of Spades becomes "Freedom of the Press" with the motto "Enlightenment"

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French Revolution playing card issued 1793, Jack of Hearts becomes "Equality of Duties" with the motto "Security"

French Revolution playing card issued 1793, Jack of Hearts becomes "Equality of Duties" with the motto "Security"

The guillotine (1793) (via French Revolution Digital Archive). Great collection of FR images.

14,000 Images of the French Revolution Released Online

The French Revolution Digital Archive, a partnership between Stanford University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, was announced this week with some 14,000 high-resolution images.

Marie Antoinette As A Hog-Chewing Harpy And More Freaky Pics From The French Revolution THE NEWLY LAUNCHED FRENCH REVOLUTION DIGITAL ARCHIVE...

Marie Antoinette As A Hog-Chewing Harpy And More Freaky Pics From The French Revolution

The newly launched French Revolution Digital Archive has over 14,000 images available to the public. Get ready for a truly bizarre ride.

The dried heart of Louis Charles, the second son of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. In 2000 mitochondrial DNA tests were done, using hair samples from Marie-Antoinette and her sisters, their mother, Maria Theresa, and two living direct descendants. The tests proved that the mother of the child was of the Habsburg family and that probably the heart was that of Louis-Charles. It was buried in the Basilica on 8 June 2004 between his parents.

The Death of the Lost King of France

Louis Charles (the second son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette) had followed his parents when they were taken from Versailles to Paris by an angry mob in October 1789. When Louis XVI was executed on January 21, 1793, Louis Charles had become King Louis XVII automatically. At this time he was just eight years old. So far the little boy had stayed from his mother and his aunt but this was to change. Louis Charles in 1792 On July 3, 1793 Louis Charles was suddenly removed from his mother and…

This super creepy death mask of revolutionary journalist Jean Paul Marat seems to capture his personality as well as his facial features.

This super creepy death mask of revolutionary journalist Jean Paul Marat seems to capture his personality as well as his facial features.

Handsome Hans Axel von Fersen, Marie Antoinette's court favorite.  Rischgitz/Getty Images-Marie Antoinette met the Swedish soldier Hans Axe­l von Fersen in January 1774 at a ball in Paris. At the time, she was still the dauphine (not yet the queen), and Fersen's military career had just begun. Marie Antoinette was instantly attracted to Fersen -- like many women before her and many women after her.

Top 5 Marie Antoinette Scandals

Her subjects called her Madame Déficit, and they snickered at the dismal state of affairs in her royal bedroom. Marie Antoinette's death may very well be the most well-known scandal of her life, but what are the other juicy details?

French Revolution playing card issued 1793, Jack of Spades becomes "Equality of Classes" with the motto "Strength"

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French Revolution playing card issued 1793, Ace of Clubs becomes "Spirit of Peace" with the motto "Prosperity"

French Revolution playing card issued 1793, Ace of Clubs becomes "Spirit of Peace" with the motto "Prosperity"

Satirical popular cartoon depicting Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI as the same beast with two heads.

Satirical popular cartoon depicting Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI as the same beast with two heads.

French Revolution playing card, instead of King of Hearts it's "Spirit of War" with motto "Force"

French Revolution playing card, instead of King of Hearts it's "Spirit of War" with motto "Force"