Tennis Court Oath by Jacques Louis David My History class looked at this painting in the context of emerging nationalism in Europe. Although the start of nationalism is a widely contested subject far too lengthy for this short blog post, many subscribers to modern nationalism cite the French Revolution in 1789 as the start of nationalism.
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 June 1789 History Guide Primary Source Refusing to be outvoted and demanding that the masses who work and pay taxes be heard, the representatives of the Third Estate regrouped at the Tennis Court of Versailles to proclaim themselves the National Assembly. They vowed not to
The Tennis Court Oath (in French, Serment du jeu de Paume) was a commitment to a national constitution and representative government, taken by delegates at the Estates-General at Versailles. It has become one of the most iconic scenes of the French Revolution.
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.
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What is The Tennis Court Oath. Loading... The Tennis Court Oath was a pledge that was signed in the early days of the French Revolution and was an important revolutionary act that displayed the belief that political authority came from the nation’s people and not from the monarchy.
The Tennis Court Oath helped the nationalism throughout France because it united the people to achieve a equality for everyone and to attain a constitutional monarchy in France. The Tennis Court Oath occurred on June 20,1789.
The Tennis Court Oath was a key factor in the French people uniting under one collective conscience because this was a declaration that sovereignty did not lie within the king, but in the people themselves and their representatives. The oath asserted that change can and will come, if only the members unite as one.