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The population of pre-Revolutionary France was divided into Three Estates: the Church, the Nobility and Everyone Else.
The Ancien Regime was a mess in desperate need of reform.
As power passed from Louis XV to Louis XVI, royal ministers attempted to implement reforms, but were thewarted at every turn.
Just as the financial situation was about to explode the monarchy was hit by a public relations nightmare.
King Louis called the Assembly of Notables in early 1787 to approve a major fincancial reform package. But intead of rubber stamping the initiatives, the Notables scrutinized every detail.
Round and round and round it goes...
The king's attempt to break the Parments in the summer of 1788 was was met by widespread resistence.
The debate over the coming Estates General awakened the political consciousness of the Third Estate. Also the weather was rotten.