sábado, 20 de junio de 2015

June 20: The king of France, Louis XVI ordered to close the rooms where members of the Third Estate (the bourgeoisie and some members of the lower clergy, with noblemen that had come to less) who filed for National Assembly on June 20, 1789 deliberated.

Drawing by Jacques-Louis David of the Tennis Court Oath.

The members moved to the tennis court of the king and vowed not to leave until achieving a constitution draft for France. The oath went down in history as the “Serment du jeu de paume” (literally tennis court oath) as it is called the tennis court today.

This took place on June 20, 1789 when the King refused to recognize the "National Assembly" and declared the activites of the Third Estate illegal.

It is recalled that the General States (Les Etats-Generaux) in 1789 were composed as follows: The First State included the high clergy of France (bishops, archbishops and cardinals). The second State was formed the nobility; and, the Third Estate was the common people represented by the bourgeoisie, the petty bourgeoisie, priests, and some impoverished nobles who owed money to the bourgeois, mainly traders.

Louis Charles Auguste Couder:The Tennis Court Oath, 20th June 1789, 1848

This third state began to take shape the French Revolution!

That Oath meant that French citizens formally stood in opposition to Louis XVI, for the first time, and the National Assembly's refusal to back down forced the king to make concessions.