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  • The peasants were treated as lesser than the royalty and clergy. They did all of the work for the nobles. Even though they did all of the work, they were running low on almost all resources. The nobility was living in lavish while the peasants were slaving away. What caused this inequality between the estates?
  • While the peasants were working hard and starving, the nobility was living with much different conditions. For example, the monarchy, which consisted of King Louis XVI and his spouse Marie Antoinette, lived in lavash, with thousands of expensive deserts and diamonds. They lived in an isolated castle in Versailles, where they were completely disconnected from the people of France. The king made all of the decisions in government, and had complete power over the country and its people.Would the French Revolution have happened if the rulers were were better to the people?
  • The peasants of France not only did all of the hard work for the country, but they also payed almost all of the taxes. Even though many people of the third estate could barely afford bread, they were forced to give away a lot of their earnings to the government and church. They could not choose anything but the Catholic Church. They had no legal representation, and could have their property be taken away at a moments notice.
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