I had been wanting to write this as a fic since...oh man, it first came up in French Revolution and Napoleon class. I FINALLY had the time to write it in.Background
On January 21st, 1793, the nation of France, which had been in the throes of a somewhat unbalanced revolution since 1789 executed their king, the former Louis XVI, known as Louis Capet when the guillotine came down on his head and that of his wife, Marie Antoinette.
Less than a month later, France declared war on Great Britain and the Dutch Republic, starting by annexing Belgium. (Due to WS canon, annexation is portrayed...very inward-violent in the fiction, so. Beware.)
Prior to this, Spain had already expressed displeasure over the fact that the National Convention of France had moved Louis Capet from being a man above all, equal to God, to being just another member of the government. When the former king was beheaded, the upset with the Spanish monarchy was even greater.
Belgium, at the time, belonged to the Habsburg empire, and, contrary to fan art, was in the hands of Austria at this period in history.
Margot - Belgium
Jan - The Netherlands (OR as they were known at the time: The Dutch Republic)
Feel free to ask me any other questions on the historyif you have them~!
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