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Louis XVI and the meeting of the Estate General at Versailles, 1789, French school

Louis XVI and the meeting of the Estate General at Versailles, 1789, French school

Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, a detail from an engraving depicting the opening of the Estates General on May 5, 1789.

Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, a detail from an engraving depicting the opening of the Estates General on May 5, 1789.

Allegory of the Meeting of the Estates General; Louis XVI, accompanied by Justice and Economy, consults the state of the kingdom on the means of achving his generous intentions. 1789.[credit: Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie]

Allegory of the Meeting of the Estates General; Louis XVI, accompanied by Justice and Economy, consults the state of the kingdom on the means of achving his generous intentions. 1789.[credit: Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie]

Dec. 1788: After much public debate, Louis XVI decrees that the Third Estate will have twice the number of representatives as either of the other 2, but that the Estates General will follow the traditional voting process, with each Estate receiving one vote. This meaningless compromise means that 90% of the French people have the same voting power as the small number of nobles or clergy, & that these two privileged orders can combine to veto any proposals put forward by the 3rd Estate.

Dec. 1788: After much public debate, Louis XVI decrees that the Third Estate will have twice the number of representatives as either of the other 2, but that the Estates General will follow the traditional voting process, with each Estate receiving one vote. This meaningless compromise means that 90% of the French people have the same voting power as the small number of nobles or clergy, & that these two privileged orders can combine to veto any proposals put forward by the 3rd Estate.

Louis XVI: King of France (1774-1792). In 1789 he summoned the Estates-General to undertake fiscal reforms, an event that eventually led to the French Revolution. He married Marie Antoinette in 1770 and they were guillotined during the French Revolution

Louis XVI: King of France (1774-1792). In 1789 he summoned the Estates-General to undertake fiscal reforms, an event that eventually led to the French Revolution. He married Marie Antoinette in 1770 and they were guillotined during the French Revolution

Portrait de Necker - Le 11 juillet 1789, Louis XVI renvoyait son directeur général des Finances. Banquier genevois qui accéda à la plus haute position politique après le roi dès 1776, ministre éclairé et homme d’esprit, père de Madame de Staël, Necker était un homme des temps nouveaux. Il modernisa l’organisation économique du royaume en s’opposant au libéralisme de ses prédécesseurs, et joua un rôle décisif au moment de la réunion des Etats généraux en 1789 en doublant la représentation du…

Portrait de Necker - Le 11 juillet 1789, Louis XVI renvoyait son directeur général des Finances. Banquier genevois qui accéda à la plus haute position politique après le roi dès 1776, ministre éclairé et homme d’esprit, père de Madame de Staël, Necker était un homme des temps nouveaux. Il modernisa l’organisation économique du royaume en s’opposant au libéralisme de ses prédécesseurs, et joua un rôle décisif au moment de la réunion des Etats généraux en 1789 en doublant la représentation du…

Queen Marie-Antoinette’s Bedchamber at Versailles. You can see, against the back wall, the monumental jewelry case she ordered. On the mantel, a bust of the Queen. Above the mirror, a portrait of Joseph II, her brother. Portraits of Louis XVI and Empress Maria Theresa (not visible here) also decorate the room.

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Queen Marie-Antoinette’s Bedchamber at Versailles. You can see, against the back wall, the monumental jewelry case she ordered. On the mantel, a bust of the Queen. Above the mirror, a portrait of Joseph II, her brother. Portraits of Louis XVI and Empress Maria Theresa (not visible here) also decorate the room.

1000+ images about Versailles on Pinterest | Baroque, Louis xvi and Estates general

1000+ images about Versailles on Pinterest | Baroque, Louis xvi and Estates general

Painting by Auguste Couder showing the opening of the Estates-General Source: Wikipedia (public domain)

Painting by Auguste Couder showing the opening of the Estates-General Source: Wikipedia (public domain)

A tennis court was the first official meeting place of the French Revolution. Members of the Third Estate (the masses)—the clergy and nobility made up the First and Second Estates, respectively—gathered on June 20, 1789, on a tennis court near the Palace of Versailles after being locked out of a meeting of the Estates-General. Here they formed the National Assembly and took the Tennis Court Oath. This was also the first time French citizens publicly opposed King Louis XVI.

A tennis court was the first official meeting place of the French Revolution. Members of the Third Estate (the masses)—the clergy and nobility made up the First and Second Estates, respectively—gathered on June 20, 1789, on a tennis court near the Palace of Versailles after being locked out of a meeting of the Estates-General. Here they formed the National Assembly and took the Tennis Court Oath. This was also the first time French citizens publicly opposed King Louis XVI.

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