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.
You can make more friends in a month by being interested in them than in ten years by trying to get them interested in you.
Charles L. Allen
Dinner guests in medieval England were expected to bring their own knives to the table.