French Revolution Outline

Matthew Schreiber                                 AP Euro
Ms. Lislevatn         Period 1

French Revolution Review

Parlements- an aristocratic institution in France who opposed many royal ministers who tried to administrate new tax schemes on the wealthy nobility.

Assembly of Notables- An old regime advisory body that met twice (February–May 1787 and November–December 1788) for the purpose of approving royal reforms. The King created it to get around the obstreperous parlements. Composed of some of the highest-ranking nobles, clergy, and public officials, the first Assembly refused to endorse many reforms and, with the backing of public opinion, forced the monarchy to call for the Estates-General. This move precipitated the outbreak of the Revolution.

Estates General- The French national assembly summoned in 1789 to remedy the financial crisis and correct abuses of the ancien regime. The Estates General met at irregular intervals from the 14th century on; it was of limited effectiveness because the monarchy usually dealt with local Estates instead. The last meeting of the Estates General was at the start of the French Revolution in 1789.

Assembly of the Clergy- a representative meeting of the Catholic clergy of France held every five years, for the purpose of apportioning the financial burdens laid upon the clergy of the French Catholic Church by the kings of France. The Assemblies ensured to the clergy an autonomous financial administration, by which they defended themselves against taxation.
Bourgeoise- The middle class in France, which consists of bankers, manufacturers and capitalists.

First Estate- the first of the three estates of the realm; the clergy in France

Second Estate- The second estate of French society was made up of the nobility. These nobles lived on manors, which they had inherited. The second estate consisted of about 2% of the total population, and owned about 25% of the total land in France.