Asked in French Revolution
Why were the members of the third estate dissatisfied with their way of life under the old regime?
April 15, 2010 6:25PM
Because they were the only ones that had to pay sky high taxes while the 1st and 2nd estates didn't have to, because there was no freedom of speech, religion and press, because they wanted to be able to chose their own cabinet so a constitutional monarchy could be realized. The 3rd estate felt it wasn't right that they were the ones that had to pay up for the luxurious lives of the 1st and 2nd estate and the royal family.
This old regime had been designed by Louis XIV. He was also the King who had ordered Versailles to be build, which caused the treasury to be empty and eventually caused the bankruptcy of France. The 3rd estate had to fill the hole the debt had left in the treasury.