Estates-General of 1789


The Estates-General of 1789 was a meeting of the three estates of pre-revolutionary France: clergy, nobility, and commons. Summoned by King Louis XVI of France (r. 1774-1792) to deal with financial and societal crises, it ended with the Third Estate breaking from royal authority and forming a National Assembly. It is generally considered the start of the French Revolution (1789-1799).

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  • 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.
  • 5 May 1789
    The Estates-General convenes in Versailles for the first time in 175 years.