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Women's bread march on Versailles
Transcript of Women's bread march on Versailles
(the town hall) As they marched, the women became increasingly angry and started blaming Queen Marie Antoinette for the shortage and many of the other problems and by the time they reached Versailles they were practically chanting for her blood. It is actually at this time that Marie supposedly said her famous line.... "Let them eat cake!" She never said this. The mob of women broke into the palace, butchering the guards and then desperately searched for the queen, who managed to escape. Unable to get the blood they wanted, the women then demanded the king send bread and food to Paris and that he go with it. Unable to do anything else, King Louis XVI agreed, moving his entire court to Paris; a decision that may have cost him his life. This march was a extremely important part of the French revolution. It gave many of the people of France hope as well as showed the power the peasants could wield. The decision of the king to move his court to Paris also favored the people of France greatly because it moved King Louis XVI and the nobles into the heart of the revolution and all of its politics. This put them all in great danger and possibly was a catalyst for many of their deaths. She never said this. The king and queen never saw Versailles again. By Maya Street