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  • Clergy collected a tithe tax from peasants.
  • Many nobles and clergy lived in great luxury in chateaux and palaces.
  • First Estate
  • Nobles were exempt from most taxes. Nobles collected tolls from people using roads and markets.
  • Nobles had almost complete authority over peasants. -Nobles did not have to do military service.
  • Second Estate
  • Peasants were forced to do military service. Peasants could not hunt or fish on nobles’ estates.
  • Peasants had to pay taxes to their lord, the king and the Church. Peasants had to use the lord’s mill, oven and wine press, and pay for them.
  • Third Estate
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