Weird but true facts about the French Revolution

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  • In the early 1730s, man felines and cats were massacred after being put in mock trial for the practice of witchcraft and killed by hanging after being declared guilty. But there is more to the story, as many consider this a plot to extract revenge on cats by apprentices who were mistreated by their masters. At the time, witchcraft was prevalent, and cats were known for entertaining witches, thus which aided the revenge plot.
  • King Louis the XVI was criticized through his hobby as a locksmith and specializing in formulating the right key inside the lock to unlock it. After the king’s marriage, he was criticized by the mass for his failure of finding the key to the lock or inability to conceive a child. Many historians believe he was diagnosed with phimosis and later underwent surgery to redress it and afterward carried on to live and have four children by his side.
  • After King Louis the XVI failure in proper financial management of the people and nation, the price of flour increased, which then aided rocket prices of loaves of bread. It was a fact that over almost two centuries, namely the 18th and 19th century, observed French people consuming nearly 2 pounds of bread a day.
  • It is intriguing to know that one of the earliest acts of opposition and defiance in the French revolution and against King Louis XVI had taken place in a tennis court. After the people were blocked out from a meeting by generals, the first and second class individuals including of the noble and clergy along with the commoners who represented the third class met on a tennis court in Marseilles to publicly act against the monarchy.

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  • The French had adopted death by guillotine as their formal and legal form of public execution. Also nicknamed as the nation’s razor, the use of guillotine was popularized during the French revolution and was used till 1981.
  • The imperative French revolutionaries refused to wear regular pants. They rather adapted to wearing lengthy trousers known as pantaloons, accompanied by red caps and short coats. Such revolutionaries were known as sans-culottes which translates to those without culottes.

  • Did you know the entire Bastille was torn by hand? Since the angry mob of men and women at that time lacked powerful explosives to tear down the Parisian fortress, they resorted to tearing it down, brick by brick by hand.
  • Jean-Paul Marat was a famous writer who supported the revolutionaries. After succumbing to chronic skin disease which left him bedridden for years, in 1793 a lady named Charlotte Corday murdered Jean while he was in his bathtub for inciting the civil war in France post-1792 massacres.
  • The first ever public zoo was formulated in during the French revolution which involved exotic animals being donated by the influential to the public in terms of general education about such animals.