In 1793, members of the Blin de Bourdon family, among others wrongly accused for having fled the country, are imprisoned. In February of 1794, Françoise is arrested, instead of her grand-mother, and taken to prison in Amiens. It is only after the death of Robespierre that they will all be freed on the 3rd and 4th of August 1794; Françoise then rejoins her brother at the Blin town home in Amiens.
1791 (June ): Louis XVI’s attempt to flee
1791 (3 September): A Constitutional Monarchy limiting the king’s power
1792 (10 August): Arrest of Louis XVI
1792 (21 September): The first Republic
1793 (21 January): Execution of the king
1793 (September): Beginning of the “Reign of Terror”. Nearly 20,000 people, suspected of sympathizing with the counter revolution, are executed.
1794 (28 July): Death of Robespierre and the end of the “Reign of Terror”