I am so extremely sorry that this blog post is so late! I had a lot of trouble finding primary sources from the French Revolution that related to my character, the baker. I did many hours of research without any luck trying to find a source that I could use. I gave up on this blog post, but recently realised it would haunt me forever if I didn’t finish it. So here I am, the night before marks are due, and the night before my science provincial writing this blog post. I hope you enjoy the product of my sweat and tears (no blood was shed…)
I found this image from http://frda.stanford.edu/ (link to it here), and it is titled “Événement du 22 8.bre 1789 : assassinat du nommé François, boulanger”. According to google translate, this says “Event 22 8.bre 1789 assassination of named Francois , a baker” in English. I apologize that I couldn’t find a lot of information about this image, on the website it only provides the
title, Author, and some other information that was in French. Anyway, When I first saw that this was an assassination of a baker, I wasn’t surprised. You can see that it says Event 22 8.bre 1789 above the image. I interpreted this to mean August 22, 1789, a bit more than a year after the initial hail storms. In the earlier months of 1789, there was a huge food crisis in France due to the poor harvest, and bread prices were going up. This made the citizens (apart from the first and second estate of course) very hungry and angry. Because of the anger, riots started to form in protest of the unfair bread prices and state of the country. An example of a riot was the march on Versailles, which happened on October 5, 1789 (After this assassination). Many citizens at the time blamed the bakers at the time for the unfair bread prices. They were spending most of their salary on such a necessary item, it had made them outraged. As you can see in the image, a mob of people had trapped Francois, the baker where he could no longer escape. This shows how when something becomes unfair, people tend to blame the person they think is causing it, rather than the people that are responsible for that event. As I talked about in my other blog posts, the baker was not actually at fault here, but rather the monarchy and mainly King Louis XVI. He had created an unfair tax system where only the first and second estate would benefit. This means that only the third estate had to pay taxes, making them even poorer then they should have been. I’m not sure of the exact story of Francois and his assassination, but by coming up with a possibility for his death, we were able to see the complex issues embedded in this situation.
Thanks for reading!