Two years into the French Revolution, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were virtual prisoners in the Tuileries Palace and looking towards an even darker fate. On the night of June 20/21, 1791, they and their children made a daring escape from Paris in disguise and headed towards France’s eastern border, only to be stopped at the town of Varennes and returned to Paris in humiliation. But had they intended to leave the country? The purpose of this talk is to recount the events of this episode, to examine the intentions of the royal family, and to discuss the impact of this event on the subsequent course of the French Revolution.
Refreshments and an informal atmosphere encourage the interchange of ideas. Refreshments are served at 7:00 p.m., and the talk begins at 7:30 p.m.
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