William Godwin's Diary


Rival factions on the subject of the deposition of the king divided Paris in 1792 after his failed flight (see Godwin's entry for 21 June 1791). Republican fédérés from around France poured into Paris and the influence of the Jacobins began to be felt. On 10 August forces marched on the Tuileries and butchered the royalist Swiss Guards; although the king and his family fled to the safety of the Assembly, it was the end of monarchical authority.

See William Doyle, The Oxford History of the French Revolution, 2nd edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), pp. 186-89.