Other Free Encyclopedias » 21st Century Webster's Family Encyclopedia » 21st Century Webster's Family Encyclopedia - Erasistratus to Federalism

Estates-General

revolution french assembly king

Estates-General, or States-General, French national assembly (first summoned in 1302) composed of representatives from the 3 “estates” or social classes: clergy, nobility, and commoners. During most of its existence it was an advisory body with little legislative power, and in fact it did not meet between 1614, when it was dismissed by King Louis XIII, and 1789, when it was called into session by King Louis XVI on the eve of the French Revolution. Traditionally each estate met and voted as a separate house, but in 1789 the 3rd estate declared itself a national assembly, each member having one vote. It was this decision that inaugurated the revolution.

See also: French Revolution.

Esters [next] [back] Established Church

User Comments

Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can't read it easily.
Hide my email completely instead?

Cancel or