March on Versailles

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A terrified prisoner is dragged by a woman and a man to an executioner
October 5 and 6, 1789.

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A terrified prisoner is dragged by a woman and a man to a fierce-looking, bearded executioner armed with an ax while the surrounding crowd brandishes severed heads on pikes.
The March on Versailles took place on October 5 and 6, 1789 against a backdrop of food shortage. It resulted in the weakening of the royal power and is one of the key events of the French Revolution.
The caption reads in the original French: 5 et 6 Octobre. — 1789.

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