Assembly of Notables of 1787


The meeting of the Assembly of Notables in 1787 was a last-ditch effort by the ministers of King Louis XVI of France (r. 1774-1792) to fix the disastrous condition of French finances. The assembly failed to agree on a series of radical financial reforms and insisted on convening the Estates-General, a representative body, which alone had the authority to consider reforms.

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  • 3 Nov 1783
    Charles Alexandre de Calonne becomes Controller-General of France and is tasked with saving the kingdom from financial ruin.
  • 22 Feb 1787 - 25 May 1787
    The Assembly of Notables meets in the Palace of Versailles to discuss financial reforms. The assembly concludes an Estates-General must be convened.