Next the Parisian mob stormed the Royal Armory of the Bastille …
“The Bastille not only overshadowed the capital, but it darkened the hearts of men, for it had been notorious for centuries as the instrument and the emblem of tyranny. The captives behind its bars were few and uninteresting; but the wide world knew the horror of its history, the blighted lives, the ruined families, the three thousand dishonoured graves within the precincts, and the common voice called for its destruction as the sign of deliverance. At the elections both nobles and commons demanded that it should be levelled with the ground.”
John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Lord Acton, Lectures on the French Revolution, p. 73.
The storming of the Bastille took place on July 14, 1789, and is still celebrated in France as the national Day of Independence.
- Solzhenitsyn Mourned Bastille Day. So Should All Christians. – John Zmirak