The King’s Flight
Lecture no. 15 from the course: Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon
Taught by Professor Suzanne M. Desan | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
On June 20, 1791, King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette disappeared, having fled into the night. This lecture shows you the king’s secret—and ultimately doomed—attempt to escape France. This act became a significant turning point for the Revolution because it allowed the French to imagine their country without a king.