In the obsolete practice of feudalism there is no middle class.
The simplicity is beautiful; there are the extravagantly rich and the woefully poor.
These people were called Royalists, and were beheaded for their faith.
Before their own selfish revolution, the nobles had lost so much power, that their economic and political situation affected the other people in France, and led to the French Revolution and remotely, the rise of the middle class.
With no land, the nobles saw themselves to be as common as the common folk.
Even in their arrogance they saw that they were losing power.
That had terrible economic and somewhat political problems.
Heavy grape harvests meant bad times for wine making, and since wine was made throughout the country, this was devastating.
He found prosperity and security in the old regime, and all he had to do was pay homage to the king, and provide the king with his services.
This all came to a gradual stop, however beginning with the loss of the noble's power over their own land at the hands of Louis XIV.1 This was the foundation of the revolte nobiliaire in the fact that it formed a basis of mistrust, and anger for the monarch.2 In that time the feudal system was still being practiced, so social status was based on the amount of land you could attain.