Tennis Court, Oath of the


Tennis Court, Oath of the
   The Oath of the Tennis Court (Serment du jeu de paume) marks the beginning of the revolution of 1789. After the threats of King louis XVI (influenced by the court) to stop the deliberations of the Third Estate and to close the hall (Menus-Plaisirs) where the estates general was meeting, the deputies of the Third Estate reconvened at an indoor tennis court. There, on June 20, 1789, on the proposal of jean-joseph mounier and following the example of their president, jean-sylvan bailly, swore a solemn oath "to never disband and to continue to meet until the constitution of the kingdom was established and affirmed on solid bases." The famous scene was portrayed by the artist jacques-louis david.

France. A reference guide from Renaissance to the Present . 1884.

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