Saturday, July 4, 2015

The origin of Left, Centre, Right

The terms derive their origin from France, the French king Louis XVI (23 August 1754 – 21 January 1793) also known as Louis Capet, created a parliament (parler is the French word for, “to talk”).

Representatives from the peasantry and the aristocracy were present and elected to discuss the state's affairs. The peasantry sat to the left of the presiding officer and the aristocracy to the right - simple.

Louis XVI was King of France from 1774 until his deposition in 1792.

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