Humanities › History & Culture French Revolution Timeline: 1795 to 1799 (The Directory) Share Flipboard Email Print History & Culture European History European History Figures & Events Wars & Battles The Holocaust European Revolutions Industry and Agriculture History in Europe American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History Genealogy Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Robert Wilde History Expert M.A., Medieval Studies, Sheffield University B.A., Medieval Studies, Sheffield University Robert Wilde is a historian who writes about European history. He is the author of the History in an Afternoon textbook series. our editorial process Robert Wilde Updated January 10, 2020 February February 3: The Batavian Republic proclaimed in Amsterdam.February 17: Peace of La Jaunaye: Vendéan rebels offered an amnesty, freedom of worship and no conscription.February 21: Freedom of worship returns, but church and state are officially separated. April April 1-2: Germinal uprising demanding the 1793 constitution.April 5: Treaty of Basle between France and Prussia.April 17: The Law of Revolutionary Government is suspended.April 20: Peace of La Prevalaye between Vendéan rebels and the central government with the same terms as La Jaunaye.April 26: Representatives en mission abolished. May May 4: Prisoners massacred in Lyons.May 16: Treaty of the Hague between France and the Batavian Republic (Holland).May 20-23: Uprising of Prairial demanding the 1793 constitution.May 31: The Revolutionary Tribunal closed. June June 8: Louis XVII dies.June 24: Declaration of Verona by self declared Louis XVIII; his statement that France must return to the pre-revolutionary system of privilege ends any hope of a return to monarchy.June 27: Quiberon Bay Expedition: British ships land a force of militant émigrés, but they fail to break out. 748 are caught and executed. July July 22: Treaty of Basle between France and Spain. August August 22: Constitution of the Year III and the Two Thirds Law passed. September September 23: Year IV begins. October October 1: Belgium annexed by France.October 5: Uprising of Vendémiaire.October 7: Law of Suspects cancelled.October 25: Law of 3 Brumaire: émigrés and the seditious barred from public office.October 26: Final session of the Convention.October 26-28: The Electoral Assembly of France meets; they elect the Directory. November November 3: The Directory begins.November 16: The Pantheon Club opens. December December 10: A forced loan is called. 1798 November 25: Rome is captured by Neapolitans. 1799 March March 12: Austria declares war on France. April April 10: The Pope is brought to France as a captive. Elections of the Year VII. May May 9: Reubell leaves the Directory and is replaced by Sieyés. June June 16: Aggravated by France losses and disputes with the Directory, the ruling Councils of France agree to sit permanently.June 17: The Councils overturn the election of Treilhard as Director and replace him with Ghier.June 18: Coup d'état of 30 Prairial, 'Journee of the Councils': the Councils purge the Directory of Merlin de Douai and La Révellière-Lépeaux. July July 6: Foundation of the neo-Jacobin Manège club.July 15: Law of Hostages allows hostages to be taken among émigrés families. August August 5: A loyalist uprising occurs near Toulouse.August 6: Forced loan decreed.August 13: Manège club shut down.August 15: French General Joubert is killed at Novi, a French defeat.August 22: Bonaparte leaves Egypt to return to France.August 27: An Anglo-Russian expeditionary force lands in Holland.August 29: Pope Pius VI dies in French captivity at Valence. September September 13: The 'Country in Danger' motion is rejected by the Council of 500.September 23: Start of Year VIII. October October 9: Bonaparte lands in France.October 14: Bonaparte arrives in Paris.October 18: The Anglo-Russian expeditionary force flees from Holland.October 23: Lucien Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon, is elected president of the Council of 500. November November 9-10: Napoleon Bonaparte, aided by his brother and Sieyès, overthrows the Directory.November 13: Repeal of the Law of Hostages. December December 25: Constitution of the Year VIII proclaimed, creating the Consulate.