Privilege—Old Regime Society
Lecture no. 2 from the course: Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon
Taught by Professor Suzanne M. Desan | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
Look at the hierarchical society of France in the 1780s, which was divided into three estates—those who prayed (the clergy), those who fought (the nobles), and those who worked and paid taxes (the peasants). This system placed a heavy burden on the peasantry and set the stage for revolution.