Mirabeau was a noble by birth, but was an elected deputy for the Third Estate for the Estates-General. He was a powerful and popular orator, and was a key influence in popularising support for the Revolution. According to historian Simon Schama, Mirabeau “was not just esteemed. He was loved.”
Mirabeau was, along with Bailly, one of the key leaders who helped form the National Assembly and also openly defied royal troops who tried to disrupt the Tennis Court Oath as well as the King himself at the Estates-General. He died in 1791.
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