William Godwin's Diary


The ‘July Revolution’ followed the ordinances issued by Charles X and was accomplished quickly and with relatively little violence due to the inadequate government response. On 27 July the government closed opposition newspapers and gendarmes clashed with protesters at the Place du Palais-royal while crowds continued to grow at the Place de Greve and Place de la Bastille. As troops under the command of Marmont moved through the city the following day to try and isolate the rebels they found themselves contained by the barricades built by the Parisians to impede their movement. On 29 July government troops fell back to defend the Tuileries and the Louvre but after two regiments went over to the rebels, who breached the line at the Louvre, the rest of the army deserted. Three days of fighting had seen the end of the Bourbon restoration.

See Munro Price, The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814-1848 (London: Macmillan, 2007), pp. 151-161.