- The 'Ancien Regime' - the administritive regime in France before the revolution of 1789
- Estates General - a representative body made up of three sections: the nobility, the clergy and the 'third estate'. The Estates-General was traditionally convoked by the monarch but had not convened since 16XX
- Third Estate, the - The non-noble, non-clerical section of the French nation (ie 95%)
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