Taking of the Bastille, Louis XVI’s Perspective


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It is often ignored by the historians that ever since 1784, that is five years before the revolution, Louis XVI was planning to destroy the Bastille. Not only that, his intention was to erect in its place a monument to himself — a statue pointing to the last tower standing, the tower he planned to decorate with rusty locks and chains. The lack of funds frustrated the realization of that magnificent project. On 14 July 1789 the French Revolution finally stole the king’s fire; his only response to it was that famous entry in the royal diary, Nothing.

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