In these modest surroundings, they took the historic Tennis Court Oath, with which they agreed not to disband until a new French constitution had been adopted. Louis XVI, who ascended the French ...
More Louis Xvi Tennis Court Oath images
The Tennis Court Oath was an oath made by the National Assembly to keep having meetings and to keep trying to get their constitution. Louis XVI did not recognize the Third Estate’s, or National Assembly, right to act. On June 20, 1789 Louis XVI locked them out of the Estates-General meeting. Members of National Assembly still went on to have a meeting.
See more videos for Louis Xvi Tennis Court Oath
1. The Tennis Court Oath was a pledge taken by Third Estate deputies to the Estates-General. It was sworn in a Versailles tennis court on June 20th 1789. 2. After days of disputes over voting procedures, the king scheduled a séance royale for June 23rd. When the Third Estate gathered to meet on June 20th, they found the doors to their meeting hall locked and guarded.
The Tennis court oath. On June 20, 1789, the deputies of the third estate arrived at their assigned hall, but were shocked to see that they were locked out of the meeting of the Estates-General.
Tennis Court Oath, French Serment du Jeu de Paume, (June 20, 1789), dramatic act of defiance by representatives of the nonprivileged classes of the French nation (the Third Estate) during the meeting of the Estates-General (traditional assembly) at the beginning of the French Revolution. The deputies of the Third Estate, realizing that in any attempt at reform they would be outvoted by the two privileged orders, the clergy and the nobility, had formed, on June 17, a National Assembly.
A clear move came when Louis XVI tried to disband the Estates-General and the response came in the form of the Tennis Court Oath, which would set France on a path toward the seeds of democracy. The majority of the clergy already agreed with the third estate's position on greater representation.
The Tennis Court Oath was significant because it showed the growing unrest against Louis XVI and laid the foundation for later events, including: the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen and the storming of the Bastille.
On 20 June 1789, the members of the French Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath in the tennis court which had been built in 1686 for the use of the Versailles palace. The vote was "not to separate and to reassemble wherever necessary until the Constitution of the kingdom is established". It was a pivotal event in the French Revolution. The Estates-General had been called to address the country's fiscal and agricultural crisis, but they had become bogged down in issues of representation immedi