European Ancestors – Understanding France (14) The New Regime

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This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE.

The new regime in France looked like this:

  1. Complete abolishment of feudalism.
  2. Suppression of previous orders.
  3. Establishment of equality amongst man, though slavery remained in the French colonies.
  4. More the half the male population were now entitled to vote.
  5. Naturalisation of lands of the Roman Catholic church in France in order to pay off public debt, leading to
    1. Widespread distribution of property
    2. The middle classes and peasant landowners gained the most, and some peasant workers were able to buy land.
      1. Land transfers were made though sale of assignats, which were paper bonds issued as currency in France between 1789 and 1796. Bonds issues by the National Constituent Assembly, were retired once transfer of property was complete and were guaranteed by value of church lands.
  6. An undertaking to reorganise the Church, enacting the Civil Constitution of the clergy, which was rejected by Pope Pius VI and many French clergy.
  7. Structure of administration of France, divided into
    1. Departements
    2. Districts
    3. Cantons
    4. Communes

Louis XVI tried to flee France on 20 June 1791, but was brought back to Paris. The events in France were unfolding, inspiring other nations, such as Belgium and Switzerland. Those that wanted change in England, Ireland, States across Germany, Austria and Italy looked on at the Revolution sympathetically and perhaps with a little envy.

The Principality of the Papal area of Avignon reunited with France on 13 September 1791. The King was hopeful that the War would strengthen his position, or even allow the military of other nations to rescue him.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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