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.
Half the wrecks that strew the ocean, if some star had been their guide, might have now been riding safely but they drifted with the tide..
On July 4, 1776, King George III of England noted in his diary: "Nothing of importance happened today."