Declaration of Pillnitz — August 27,
Prodded by the outbreak of the
on July 14, 1789, monarchists in Europe felt considerably
crept out. And rightly so.
near Dresden, Germany — A gift from
the Strong to his mistress, the Countess
Constantia von Cosel, back in the days when men
knew how to reward a decent relationship.
© Schlösserland Sachsen
The aristocracy of France
emigrated, at least the ones who could pack their bags
swiftly enough, and tried to re-establish their power from
abroad. One of these émigrés was the
Comte of Artois, brother
of the French
King Louis XVI.
The latter would end up on the
guillotine in 1793.
The Comte of Artois himself
would become French
King Charles X in 1824.
But back to the Declaration of Pillnitz.
The Comte of Artois called for a
meeting at Pillnitz Palace, and from August 25 to 27, 1791,
he discussed with
Frederick William II,
king of Prussia, and
Holy Roman emperor, the recent political developments in European history.
The result was the Declaration
the Declaration of Pillnitz
By appealing to all European
monarchs to help re-establishing the French monarchy, this
declaration made the French Revolution a European question.
In France, this declaration was
regarded as an avowal to undo the Revolution.
France declared war on Austria
on April 20, 1792, thus commencing the
French Revolutionary Wars