Tennis Court Speech I am a well off, law obeying, businessman of the third class. I take pride in being a honest man making a honest living, I have never robbed, cheated or hurt anybody, I even pay my taxes on time but lately I have started to wonder…… where has all the money I have been giving to the government been going?
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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.
Another important expression of ideals during this time was the Tennis Court Oath. The Oath was delivered on June 20 th, 1789, on an indoor tennis court. The Third Estate was under direct pressure from an absolute monarch to disband because they posed a threat to his rule.
On 20 June 1789, the members of the French Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath (French: Serment du Jeu de Paume), voting “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 Tennis Court Oath was signed by all the members of the Third Estate [the National Assembly] except for one on June 20, 1789. They all met in a tennis court where they promise to make a constitution for France and they would stay together until the constitution was written. The Tennis Court Oath declared that the sovereignty of France did not depend on the king but in the people.
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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.
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.