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The Revolt of the Nobility

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The French Nobility

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What did the nobility want? With the exception of a few liberals, the nobility wanted greater political influence for themselves but nothing for the third estate. 

The King attempted to solve the financial crisis by removing some of the nobles' tax exemptions. However, the nobility saw themselves as special, with better blood, and entitled to all of their class privileges. The Parlement, a judicial organization controlled by the nobility, invoked its powers to block the King's move. He was forced reluctantly to call a meeting of the Estates General in 1788.


Part of Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité: The French Revolution a HistoryWiz Exhibit

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