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  Procession to Opening of Estates General.jpg - Opening of the Estates General at Versailles, 4 May 1789. The opening of the Estates followed exactly the ritual of 1614, the last meeting of the assembly. This engraving represents the event in the traditional mode of a religious procession. The long procession shows the major participants in a serpentine fashion permitting the identification of the Estate of the Clergy in first position, that of the Nobility in second, and that of the Third Estate at the rear. At the head of the whole is the king and his entourage, followed immediately by the elevated symbol of the Holy Sacrament. The members of the Third Estate believed that their position and reception at Versailles was a humiliation.  
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Opening of the Estates General at Versailles, 4 May 1789. The opening of the Estates followed exactly the ritual of 1614, the last meeting of the assembly. This engraving represents the event in the traditional mode of a religious procession. The long procession shows the major participants in a serpentine fashion permitting the identification of the Estate of the Clergy in first position, that of the Nobility in second, and that of the Third Estate at the rear. At the head of the whole is the king and his entourage, followed immediately by the elevated symbol of the Holy Sacrament. The members of the Third Estate believed that their position and reception at Versailles was a humiliation. Download
Caption: Opening of the Estates General at Versailles, 4 May 1789. The opening of the Estates followed exactly the ritual of 1614, the last meeting of the assembly. This engraving represents the event in the traditional mode of a religious procession. The long procession shows the major participants in a serpentine fashion permitting the identification of the Estate of the Clergy in first position, that of the Nobility in second, and that of the Third Estate at the rear. At the head of the whole is the king and his entourage, followed immediately by the elevated symbol of the Holy Sacrament. The members of the Third Estate believed that their position and reception at Versailles was a humiliation.
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