The great golden gate of Versailles: On this fateful day 227 years ago, Louis XVI and his family were escorted through it by the mob on their way to Paris, never to return. Thus ended what I call THE VERSAILLES CENTURY (1682-1789).
The mob had burst through the gate shortly before midnight on 5 October, howling for the Queen’s blood. Marie-Antoinette barely managed to escape from her bedroom through a secret passage to the King’s room. The advance of the mob had been delayed just long enough while they massacred the Swiss guards on duty outside the Queen’s room.