A. In 1789, the latter joined with the needy masses to defeat king, barons, and clergy.
B. The French Revolution, mainly a political revolt, broke the power of the feudal order.
C. They marched to triumph over lordly sloth, entail, privilege, superstition. France set creeds of the Enlightenment into its constitutions.
D. No longer could a noble class hinder the growth of capital and the bourgeoisie (middle classes).
E. The middle ranks then took the lead in a new social order.