The storming of the decrepit Bastille fortress-prison, which symbolically and in real terms, marked the beginning of the French Revolution, took place on 14 July 1789. Bastille Day is the iconic French national holiday, yet it wasn't celebrated until nearly a century later.
Christopher Prendergast has been Professor of Modern French Literature at Cambridge.
A must-read for all history buffs. * France magazine * [I]ntelligent, unpretentious, exact and highly crafted -- Patrice Higonnet * TLS *