Storming of the Tuileries Palace

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Definition

The Storming of the Tuileries Palace, also commonly known as the Insurrection of 10 August, was a defining moment in the French Revolution (1789-99) that saw the armed revolutionaries of Paris invade the residence of King Louis XVI of France (r. 1774-1792) and massacre his Swiss Guards. The event effectively abolished France's monarchy, ushering in a new phase in the Revolution.

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  • 9 Aug 1792
    The Insurrectionary Commune gains power in Paris, stripping authority from the king and Legislative Assembly.
  • 10 Aug 1792
    Insurrectionists storm the Tuileries Palace in Paris, massacring the Swiss Guards; King Louis XVI of France is imprisoned in the Temple prison fortress two days later.
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