The Second Estate on the eve of the French Revolution

Overview of the Second Estate

The Second Estate was comprised of members of the aristocracy.

Modern Historians estimate that anywhere from (x) to (x) individuals belonged to the Second Estate on the eve of the French Revolution.  Members of the Second Estate estate enjoyed a prestigious and privileged role in society.

Although the First Estate comprised roughly 1% of the French population, the order possessed significant wealth and owned 20% of French land. The estate enjoyed numerous privileges such as exemption from taxation as well as exclusive accesses to positions within the government, judiciary and armed forces.

However, despite the orders prominent position in society, the Second Estate was far from homogenous. Deep divisions existed within the order based on wealth, religion, genetics and ideology.