Ah, triggered by a sovereign debt crisis. The Church, largest land holder and a major political force alongside the soon to be headless King, gets its property expropriated to cover new bonds - “stolen” according to my son (at that point ignorant the Church was exempt from tax and allowed to extract 10% per annum on revenue from the faithful - God's work, don't you know).
Shame, with such a financially promising start based on pain-sharing, things then got out a bit out of hand. Some Cliff Notes:
- some national debt paid down but enthusiastic overissuing uncovers the bonds’ collateral
- hyperinflation-> shortages (austerity budgets?)-> price controls-> famines & riots
- suspension of the Declaration of the Rights of Man-> dissent = crime -> much happy slapping via guillotine-> war as a revenue raising measure-> rise of the army
- dictatorship-> ill-conceived adventure in Russia etc etc.
Course, the Church eventually was legally written out of state matters entirely in 1905. Not that verses of the history aren't reprised down the ages. In all sorts of contexts.