Marquis de Launay

Birth: 1740

Death: 1789

De Launay had the misfortune to be governor of the Bastille when it was attacked by large crowd of Parisians on 14 July 1789. 'The Storming of the Bastille' came during the crowd's search for gunpowder to load the muskets they had seized elsewhere in the city. After he had surrendered, De Launay was decapitated and his head paraded through the streets on a pike.





Appears in these Letters:


16 July: Aftermath of the Fall of the Bastille

The duchess provides an immediate response to the dramatic Revolutionary events of early July 1789. Momentum had shifted from Versailles and the new...

22 July: Revolutionary Paris in July 1789

The duchess reflects on events in the Revolution so far and the rising power of Paris's new municipal government. She castigates a...

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