Civil Constitution of the Clergy

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Civil Constitution of the Clergy

Post  CicelyS on Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:17 am

The Civil Constitution of the Clergy took place on the 12th of July in 1790. It was basically a law that took away the lands and privileges of clergy members. This caused outrage from their estate. Clergy men were also forced to swear an oath to the constitution but many refused. Those who didn't swear the oath had even more privileges taken away from them and they became non jurying. The clergy didn't know how to respond to this act against them, it simply increased the alienation from the king. Their salaries were also decreased by a massive amount. This constitution was led by the the estate general after that third estate got more influence when it came to equality.
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Re: Civil Constitution of the Clergy

Post  Mira W. on Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:13 pm

It is quite unfair that they should have all these privileges taken away for seemingly no reason. Then again, the privileges they had weren't fair toward the third estate in the first place, but either way it leads me to question the king's sanity. When there are uprisings starting, why would he add something that would further increase the chances of a revolution? Why would he want to add the clergy to his long list of enemies? Loved you post Smile
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