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King, clergy, and nobles were compelled to submit to the atrocities of an excited and maddened people. Their thirst for vengeance was only stimulated by the execution of the king; and those who had decreed his death soon followed him to the scaffold. A general slaughter of all suspected of hostility to the Revolution was determined. The prisons were crowded, containing more than 200,000. The cities of the kingdom were filled with scenes of horror. France became a vast field for contending masses, swayed by the fury of their passions. “In Paris one tumult succeeded another, and the citizens were divided and intent on nothing but mutual extermination.” And to add to misery, the nation became involved in a prolonged and devastating war with the great powers of Europe.