With no feudal system they no longer were much higher

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With no feudal system, they no longer were much higher up politicly than thecommoners. The next noble atrocity came with Louis XVI making the nobles pay taxes. Eversince the foundation of the monarchy, the nobles and the clergy were exempt from paying taxes. The burden was left to the commoners. But, with the deficit being so high and France supportingthe Americans in their war, something had to be done.5 This proved to be unfortunate for the king,however, this proved to the straw that broke the camels back. The nobles were sick of beingtreated like low-class peasants so they formed their revolt. Now would be a good time to explainthat the Revolution was not just one Revolution, it was a "series of
revolutions, very different intheir aims..."6 and subsequently the revolte nobiliaire began in 1787. It was a revolt limited tothe aristocrats, however, because they wanted to get all the power of France. It should also besaid that not all the nobles were against the king. The young nobles, and some of the old ones, whohad not yet gotten obscene on their own power still supported the king. These people were calledRoyalists, and were beheaded for their faith. Before their own selfish revolution, the nobles hadlost so much power, that their economic and political situation affected the other people in France,and led to the French Revolution and remotely, the rise of the middle class.In the obsolete practice of feudalism there is no middle class. The simplicity is beautiful;there are the extravagantly rich and the woefully poor. In the eighteenth century, the rise of amiddle class (bourgeoisie) in France proved to be too much change at one time. The middle classwere the wealthy land owners, the lawyers, the scientists, the writers and other such people insociety. Politically, the system had to change to accommodate them. The growth of the middleclass was originally stimulated by the commercial prosperity of the post 1776 era, and itthreatened the traditional established aristocraticy.7 They were getting more power in government,allowed to buy seats in legal standings and generally getting as powerful as the nobles. Alongwith the peasants, the bourgeoisie felt the burden of poor economic times in pre-revolutionaryFrance.

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