The Estates General of 1789

On May 5, 1789, the Estates General (Etats Generaux) of 1789 was convened in the Grands Salles des Menus-Plaisirs in Versailles, opening with a three-hour speech by Jacques Necker, a foreigner, Comptroller-General of Finance. The Estates General was a general assembly representing the French estates of the realm in the Ancien Régime. Monarchy was for the king and the queen and this system was made … Continue reading The Estates General of 1789