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  • Many nobles and clergy lived in great luxury in chateaux and palaces. Clergy collected a tax from peasants.
  • First Estate
  • Nobles had almost complete authority over peasants.Nobles did not have to do military service.Nobles were exempt from most taxes.Nobles collected tolls from people using roads and markets.
  • 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.Peasants made up 90% of the population.
  • Third Estate
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