Social Structure of France in the medieval time

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Social Structure of France in the medieval time

Post  Alicia M. on Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:43 am

Since the medieval time, the french social structure was divided unfairly. It was divided in three: The First Estate, the Clergy, was only 1% of the population, it consisted mostly of rich and some poor. The clergy numbered about 130,000 (out of 27 million people) owned 10% of the land. The Second estate, the nobles, made 2% of the population. This Estate inherited their titles and got their wealth from the land. The second estate numbered about 350,000 and owed about 25-30% of the land. The Third Estate, the Common people, made 97% of the population. This last Estate was the one who had to pay all the taxations. They were the ones with the least amount of privileges. They only owned 65% of the land. This Estate consisted of wealthy merchants, doctors and lawyers, shopkeepers, the urban poor, and 80% of them were peasants.
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Post  Mira W. on Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:24 pm

Seeing the numbers shows just how unjust the entire system was. How can 1% of the population have 10% of the land?! And have special privileges next to that, which allowed them to be exempt from the long list of taxes the third estate had to endure? I cannot believe King Louis XVI didn't accept their negotiations during the Estate General, for back then they were still rational. They didn't ask for much, simply seeking to make their system fairer and more balanced. Was Louis really incapable of putting two and two together, and realize that quite obviously there would be a revolution after such conditions?
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