Tennis Court Oath

Tennis Court Oath

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  • What was the reaction of the first and second estates to the third estate changing their name?
  • Today marks the day we change our name to the National Assembly
  • I am compte of Mirabeau and I'm the leader of the third estate
  • If you were in the third estates position how would you react to King Louis XVI locking you out of your usual meeting spot?
  • How dare you lock us out!!
  • Now we have nowhere to meet!
  • How about the tennis courts.
  • You are not aloud to meet here anymore
  • What was revolutionary about the Tennis Court Oath?
  • I,  Joseph Martin-Dauch from Castelnaudary, because I only execute decisions made by the king
  • We vow to stay together!
  • The French society was divided into three estates. The first estate was the clergy, the second estate was the nobility, and lastly was the third estate which ranged from farmers to wealthy merchantes. The third estate was led by the compte of Mirabeau. And on June 17th they decided to change their name to the National Assembly.
  • On July 20th, 1789 the member of the Estates-general gathered at the hall of Versailles. But when they got there they were surprised to find out that King Louis XVI locked them out. This forced them to move there meeting spot to a nearby indoor tennis court.
  • At the Indoor tennis court in the Saint-Louis district of the city of Versailles 576 out of 577 men signed the Tennis Court Oath. The Tennis Court Oath was a vow not to separate. It was also a way of saying they would fight for their rights against the monarchy that was in place.
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