Using three or four points, explain how the nobility contributed to the development of the French Revolution until 4 August 1789. Provide evidence to support your answer. Response One



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Using three or four points, explain how the nobility contributed to the development of the French Revolution until 4 August 1789.
Provide evidence to support your answer.


Response One

The nobility (or Second Estate) despite their financial privileges, contributed to the development of the revolution as the liberal noblemen kick started the Revolution through the first act of formal disobedience and followed it through to the abolition of feudalism on 4 August 1789. Firstly, the Assembly of Notables, made up entirely of nobility, called by King Louis XV1 on 22 February 1787, refused to implement Calonne’s fiscal reforms. In refusing these suggested reforms, the nobility was standing up to the King, despite simultaneously preserving their privileges, to the point where they were dismissed in May 1787. Secondly this rebellion to the King was furthered by the new Comptroller General of finances. Brienne attempted to register the reforms by bypassing the Notables and getting them registered directly by the Parlement of Paris – a municipal governing body again made up of nobility. The Parlement’s use of Remonstrance (delaying legislation) and the liberal Duc D’Orleans declaration that the King’s decision to use a lit de justice (6 August 1787), presented the body as the people’s voice, led to the revolutionary action by masses as early as 1788 on the Day of Tiles (10 June) as the Third Estate peasants attempted to protect the magistrates from punishment despite the Parlement’s exile to Troyes on 15 August. Finally the Parlement’s, thus the nobility’s, demands, led to the calling of the Estates General, which consequently led to the establishment of the National Assembly on the 17th June, 1789. In conclusion the nobility’s acts of rebellion and strong demands for fair representation contributed greatly to the French Revolution of 1789.

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Response Two

The nobility contributed to the development of the revolution in a number of different ways. Firstly, the Assembly of Notables refused to implement Calonne’s suggested financial reforms. In refusing these suggested reforms, the nobility was both standing up to the King, and preserving their privileges. Secondly this rebellion was furthered by Brienne, as he attempted to register the reforms with the Parlement of Paris. The Parlement’s use of delaying legislation and the King’s decision to use a lit de justice to force his agenda, led to the revolutionary action such as the Day of Tiles. Finally the Parlement’s demands, led to the calling of the Estates General, which led to the establishment of the National Assembly. In conclusion the nobility’s acts of rebellion and strong demands for fair representation contributed greatly to the French Revolution of 1789.



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Response Three

The nobility contributed to the development of the revolution in a number of different ways. Firstly the Assembly of Notables refused to implement the suggested financial reforms. Secondly the reforms were given to the Parlement of Paris, and were resisted by them. Thirdly the Day of Tiles and a number of other events led to the calling of the Estates General, which led to the establishment of the National Assembly. Finally, a number of nobles were involved in the signing of the Tennis Court Oath.



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