The French Revolution was one of the bloodiest points in the beginnings of modern europe. And it all started over what was fundamentally a tax revolt. King Louis's not taxing the nobility and the clergy screwed france over financially and the peasants bore the brunt of it, justifiably getting uppity when the nobility still dressed like nobility. But Louis knew that taxing the Rich was the answer, he had plenty of advisors onside telling him so. So why didn't he, he was at least officially and Absolute Monarch. Hell, painting the picture of a king who works for the peasants against scheming dukes would serve him well in other areas, no?