In 1757, a man plotted to remove the King. He was condemned to death by torture, which was popular in the age of absolutism. The executioner torn his flesh. Afterwards, boiling oil was poured over his wounds. Then the ropes that were to be harnessed to the horses were attached with cords to the condemned man's arms and legs. The horses tugged hard, each pulling straight on a limb, each horse held by an executioner.
Similar punishments were quite common in Absolutism. After Medieval times, the King became the "absolutus", that means, he had unlimited authority. He secured his position by sustaining the inequality of classes.
Absolutism did not come all of a sudden. It was the result of the medieval social organization called feudalism, were the working people had to work for land owners who in turn gave them much less money than they had produced.
In 1689, under the reign of King Louis XVI, there was a great financial crisis. The King announced his intention to call a parliament. It was made mainly of the clergy, nobles and commoners. The commoners had a majority
of members. They argued that France needed a radical reform. These proposals were rejected by the King, and in turn they took matters in their own hands, and founded the National Assembly. The King moved the National Guard against them. The people revolted and led to the storming of Bastille.
After the Industrial Revolution, the problem of exploitation was being even more grave after the Industrial Age. Whole families used to work under terrible conditions, hours and hours everyday. There were no Trade Unions and Working People had no opportunity to study.
The New Issues of Equality
To view this Page in Plain Text Click here
Join this movement
Join this movement and sign My Guestbook View My Guestbook
If you are Alone, you think you are not attractive, Click here
Dangerous material on the Net!
Talk Show! (available for chat users)
I would like to listen to your comments
The Importance of Participation | Gender Issues | Love and Commitment | Maltese Women in World War II
Full Gender Equality in Ancient Greece
Most of the Images and Animations in this HomePage and all its links are created by Mary Grace Agius, and drawings are created by George Seguna.
Users of Netscape 3, and Explorer 3, will not be able to see GIF animations.