The Three Estates

The Three Estates

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  • This is called the first estate or also known as the clergy. They live in luxurious housing and huge palaces. The clergy are very wealthy from making money off of taxing peasants very heavily.  The clergy also made up 1% of the population in France.
  • This is called the second estate also known as the nobles. The nobles had control over the peasants, they also did not have to participate in military service. The nobles also did not have to pay most taxes, and they made money off of tolls, from people going to the markets and driving on the roads. The nobles were also worth 5% of France's population.
  • This is called the third estate. The third estate had three different groups , these groups were called the bourgeoisie, wage earners, and the peasantry. The bourgeoisie were similar to the clergy and nobles but they did not have as much government power as the clergy and nobles did. The bourgeoisie was also worth 8% of The France population. The wage earners worked at factories and were journey-men. The wage earners also had very little money and did not have stable jobs. The peasants paid most of the taxes, they had to participate in military services, and what they wanted most is to own their own land.
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