The French Revolution - The Three Estates

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The French Revolution - The Three Estates

  1. 1. The French government was an absolute monarchy. France was divided into three classes, called Estates.
  2. 2. Roman Catholic clergy 1% of the population Owned 15% of the land Paid no taxes
  3. 3. Commoners 3rd Estate Aristocracy 2nd Estate Clergy 1st Estate TheSuggested Voting Pattern: Voting by Estates 1 1 1 Louis XIV insisted that the ancient distinction of the three orders be conserved in its entirety.
  4. 4. Commoners 3rd Estate Aristocracy 2nd Estate Clergy 1st Estate TheNumberof Representatives inthe Estates General: VotebyHead! 300 300 648
  5. 5. Nobility/Aristocracy 2% of the population Owned 25% of the land Paid no taxes
  6. 6. Commoners 3rd Estate Aristocracy 2nd Estate Clergy 1st Estate TheSuggested Voting Pattern: Voting by Estates 1 1 1 Louis XIV insisted that the ancient distinction of the three orders be conserved in its entirety.
  7. 7. Commoners 3rd Estate Aristocracy 2nd Estate Clergy 1st Estate TheNumberof Representatives inthe Estates General: VotebyHead! 300 300 648
  8. 8.  Lawyers, craftsmen, merchants, and peasants  97% of the population  Owned 65% of the land  Paid all of the taxes to support the government and the church  Had no voice in the government
  9. 9. Commoners 3rd Estate Aristocracy 2nd Estate Clergy 1st Estate TheSuggested Voting Pattern: Voting by Estates 1 1 1 Louis XIV insisted that the ancient distinction of the three orders be conserved in its entirety.
  10. 10. Commoners 3rd Estate Aristocracy 2nd Estate Clergy 1st Estate TheNumberof Representatives inthe Estates General: VotebyHead! 300 300 648

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