What Political Factions Made up the Legislative Assembly?

The Legislative Assembly existed between Oct. 1, 1791, and September 1792 in France during the French Revolution and was made up of moderate and democratic political factions. The moderate faction advocated for a constitutional monarchy, while the democratic faction pushed for further revolution in the political process.

At its inception, the Legislative Assembly was made up of approximately 745 members with approximately 260 belonging to the moderate faction. The democratic faction numbered just 136. The rest of the assembly was made up of 345 deputies who were neutral in their political affiliations. However, the neutral members of the assembly tended to vote in favor of the democratic faction due to their belief of the ideals in the French Revolution.

The Legislative Assembly was dissolved and replaced by the National Convention after no agreement was made regarding how the monarchy of France should continue to operate. Tensions had also mounted between the King, Louis XVI, and the increasingly dominant democratic faction. On Aug. 10, 1792, the Legislative Assemble stripped Louis XVI of his royal authority on the grounds of his sending intelligence to opposing factions, and he was imprisoned along with his family.

The Legislative Assembly had earlier replaced the National Assembly after the latter was disbanded in 1791.