the members of the French Estates-General for the Third Estate, who had begun to call themselves the National Assembly, took the Tennis Court Oath, vowing "not to separate, and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the kingdom is established." It was a pivotal event in the early days of the French Revolution.
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Tennis Court Oath. " In Versailles, France, the deputies of the Third Estate, which represent commoners and the lower clergy, meet on the Jeu de Paume, an indoor tennis court, in defiance of King Louis's order to disperse. In these modest surroundings, they took a historic oath not to disband until a new French constitution had been adopted. Louis XVI, who ascended the French throne in 1774, proved unsuited to deal with the severe financial problems he had inherited from his grandfather ...
June 20, 1789 – Tennis Court Oath. 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.
The Tennis Court Oath (20 June 1789) preceded the abolition of feudalism (4 August 1789) and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (26 August 1789) as the National Assembly became increasingly radical. Following the 100 year celebration of the oath in 1889, what had been the Royal Tennis Court was again forgotten and deteriorated.
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.
On June 20, 1789, Louis locked them out of the estates general completely. Livid, the National Assembly members fled the meeting place and found a nearby tennis court to use as their own meeting place. At this meeting, the members of the National Assembly took an oath promising to meet together until a constitution was made, exemplifying their wants and needs.
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.