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The Tennis Court Oath

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The Tennis Court Oath: Shortly after the deputies of the Estates General met, they agreed to form a new representative body called the National Assembly which would take sovereign powers from the king. As they gathered to continue discussions they discovered they had been locked out of their meeting hall. While the reality was workmen inside preparing for a special meeting, the deputies feared the king was moving against them. Rather than split, they moved en masse to a nearby tennis court where they resolved to take a special oath to reinforce their commitment to the new body. This was the Tennis Court Oath, taken on June 20th 1789 by all but one of the deputies (this lone man may be represented on the picture by the fellow seen turning away at the lower right hand corner.) More on the Tennis Court Oath.
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