The Three Estates of France
During the French Revolution, the three estates represented three different segments of French society. Based on these estates or segments, one's privileges and status were decided upon. There were three main estates: the clergy, the nobility, and the peasants.
The clergy included people of a higher order, such as priests, nuns, monks, and bishops. The noble class included people with many privileges and possessed 20% of the land, and were even permitted to collect taxes from the peasant class. The remaining 97% of the French population comprised peasants, which included lawyers, ordinary peasants, poor labourers, and merchants.