After Napoleon, France finally gained a measure of British-American style democracy many years after its revolution.
The Glorious Revolution (1688) in England finally solidified the powers of the legislative branch of government (in this case, Parliament) over the executive (King James.)
This process restricting the executive began with the Magna Carta in 1215, which began to weaken the "Divine Right of Kings," and ended at this time, the revolution being "glorious" because Rule of Law through Parliament deposed the king, not bloodletting and warfare as was (is?) usually the case.
Sals, David
Professor Shrout

The Tennis Court Oath
The first year of the Revolution saw members of the Third Estate proclaiming the Tennis Court Oath in June.
The Oath was a pledge signed by 576 of the 577 members from the Third Estate who were locked out of a meeting of the Estates-General on 20 June 1789.


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