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: "You should hope that this game will be over soon." The Third Estate carrying the Clergy and the Nobility on its back

French Estates- under the Ancien Régime (before the French Revolution) divided society into three estates: the First Estate (clergy); the Second Estate (nobility); and the Third Estate (commoners).

Great Seal of France (1848). The headdress of the Republic is identical to the Statue of Liberty. Both are prominent republican symbols.

Great Seal of France The headdress of the Republic is identical to the Statue of Liberty. Both are prominent republican symbols.

Sans culottes: were the first thing to be known as pants and were worn by lower classes that later became radical partisans during the French Revolution.

San's culotte refers to the counterrevolutionaries. San's culotte means without knee breeches. This image of a woman is very typical of the san's-culotte style with the striped patterns, sabots (wooden clog) and the tri-colored cockade on her hat.

Louis XIV dressed as a sun, Le Ballet de la Nuit: Henri de Gissey, 1653

Louis XIV as Apollo in "Le Ballet de la nuit." Painting by Henri Gissey 1653 via…

These two ladies are French, not English, but I still love the way their hats are pinned to the very top of their elaborate hair styles - much as Diana liked to wear her hair & hats. Mesdames les comtesses de Fitz-James et du Nolestin, 1771, by Louis Carrogis Carmontelle.

Mesdames les comtesses de Fitz-James et du Nolestin, 1771 by Louis Carrogis…

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Suzanne Curchod (Madame Jacques Necker) by Jean-Sifred Duplessis (Chateau de Coppet, Coppet Switzerland)

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