Who: First, Second, and Third Estates
When: May 1789
Where: Nation Assembly meeting hall
Why/How: - the Third Estate wanted all three estates to meet in a single body, with votes counted 'by head.'
- Third Estate declared themselves to be the National Assembly
- They swore "never to seperate and to meet wherever the circumstances might require until we have established a sound and just constitution"
- when reform-minded clergy the nobles joined the assembly and Louis XVI accepted it