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 who owned about 25% of the total land in France.
These nobles collected dues and rent from the peasants who lived on their lands. This endless source of income allowed them to live a lavish lifestyle.
No one beneath you can offend you. No one your equal would.
Jan L. Wells
At the height of its power, in 400 BC, the Greek city of Sparta had 25,000 citizens and 500,000 slaves.