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Today in History: The Tennis Court Oath

Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 20, 2019 at 5:00 AM

On this day (June 20) in 1789, 576 of 577 Deputies of the Third Estate (now calling itself the National Assembly) took the Tennis Court Oath vowing to continue to meet until a constitution had been written for France. Taking the oath was a direct challenge to the Divine Right of Kings, arguing that sovereignty exists in the people--not the ruler. This would eventually lead to 25 years of warfare but it also transformed the political face of Europe and eventually the world.

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