January 24 – Louis XVI summoned the Estates-General

In 1789-January 24  Louis XVI summons the Estates-General for the meeting. The last such meeting was held in 1614. Estate Generals were occasionally called for a meeting, during crisis or times of war. 

Many thought this meeting as a sign of weakness from the end of the monarchy. A bishop was praised for the first time in the church.

Louis XVI discussed levying further taxes for the economic stance but the generals did not agree to it. During that time, no rule could be implemented in the absence of acceptance of a proposal from the estate generals. 

So, Louis XVI’s proposal was rejected. He formed a panel whose task was to register taxes. Bailliage was formed to elect generals so that the votes could be manipulated and laws could be imposed by voting. 

The estate generals were subdivided into three estates but with this amendment, certain changes were brought. The first estate deputies were to be dominated by parish priests, for the second military nobles were in charge and for the third bourgeois interests and lawyers did the same. 

The rest of France, labourers and the common man were included in the third estate