Tennis Court Oath
Updated: 12/19/2019
Tennis Court Oath
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  • On June 20, 1789, the French National Assembly (members of the Third Estate) went to the meeting chambers of France, and found the chamber doors were shut and locked.
  • "Not to separate, and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the kingdom is established.
  • They thought the king was going to get rid of the National Assembly, so they went to a nearby court and took the Tennis Court Oath.
  • The Third Estate began finding new places to meet until a new form of government was created that was fair and just.
  • The Oath signified for the first time that French citizens formally stood in opposition to Louis XVI.
  • The National Assembly's refusal to back down forced the king to make concessions. It inspired a wide variety of revolutionary acts in the months afterwards which reinforced the assembly's strength and Louis reluctantly requested that votes be based on head counts, not each estates' power.
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