Section 1 Revolution threatens the French King. . Old Regime. In the 1770s the system of feudalism left over from the Middle Ages was called the old regime.The people were still divided into 3 large social classes or estates. . Privileged Estates. The first 2 estates had privileges including access to high offices and exemptions from paying taxes.First estate was the clergy of the Catholic Church.Owned 10% of the land. .