Bibliothèque nationale de France

Located in Paris, the Bibliothèque nationale de France is the national repository of everything published in France. It began in 1368 as the royal library of Charles V in the Louvre Palace. The library was moved several times to accommodate its growing collections and was opened to the public in 1692. The library currently resides over four Parisian sites and holds 15 million books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, scores, and other resources. 


Latitude: 48.833584200000
Longitude: 2.375765900000

Timeline of Events Associated with Bibliothèque nationale de France

Date Event Manage
21 Jan 1793

Execution of King Louis XVI

On January 21, 1793, King Louis XVI of France was executed. Image: Isidore-Stanislas Helman, The Death of King Louis (1794), Bibliothèque nationale de France. This work is in the public domain in the United States.

1793 was a key juncture in the revolution, beginning with this execution on 21 January. The increasing violence prompted Britain to cut its ties to France, leading to declarations of war by the two countries. Violence peaked during the Reign of Terror (5 September 1793 – 27 July 1794), which resulted in the execution of the Queen (16 October) as well as of many suspects of treason and members of the Girondins, the more moderate faction that the radical Jacobins brought down on 2 June 1793


Diane Piccitto, "On 1793 and the Aftermath of the French Revolution"