The System of

the Estates

of the Realm

In Luther’s day, all men

were considered to be

created unequal.

This inequality

was reflected by the

system of the estates

of the realm. It was a

contemporary idea

of what society was like.

This idea does not

describe the actual

conditions.

Nobility

Clergy

Peasant

Exerts power, fights

Takes care of spiritual

salvation, prays

Provides food, labors

The System of

the Estates

of the Realm

In Luther’s day, all

men were conside-

red to be created

unequal.

This inequality

was reflected by the

system of the estates

of the realm. It was a

contemporary idea

of what society was

like. This idea does

not describe the

actual conditions.

Nobi-

lity

Clergy

Peasant

Exerts power, fights

Takes care of spiri-

tual salvation, prays

Provides food,

labors

Credits

Research

Robert Kluth

Graphic

Jakub ChrobokVerena Muckel

References

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