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Louis XV and the Parlement of Paris, 1737-55 - John Rogister

Louis XV and the Parlement of Paris, 1737-55

Hardcover Published: 16th December 2010
ISBN: 9780521403955
Number Of Pages: 316

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This is a lively narrative account, based on previously unused material, of the events that marked the troubled relationship between Louis XV, the clergy of France, and the Parlement of Paris in the mid-eighteenth century. The author shows how religious disputes drove a wedge between the King and the leading magistrates of his kingdom, leading to the exile of the Parlement in 1753-4. He describes the way in which legal and procedural conflicts gave rise to a debate about the nature of the Monarchy itself, the exercise of royal authority, and the rights of the subject under the protection of law. Debates inside the Parlement are analysed, using the reports of highly placed government spies and agents, and new light is shed on the part played by the King.

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'This is a book to make slothful humanity tremble and to stir historians out of complacency ... a book to be savoured.' John McManners, The Times Literary Supplement

List of plates
List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations
A note on names
The background: the Parlement and the King
Issues and intrigues, 1741-1747
Prelude to crisis: the vingtieme and the affair of the hopital general, 1748-1751
Denial of sacraments: the conflict of 1752
A decision for the King
The crisis of 1753
The transfer of the Parlement to Pontoise and the exile of the enquetes and requetes, 1753
The exile of the grand'chambre and the return of the Parlement, 1753-1754
Conclusion: the 'law of silence', 2 September 1754
Note on the Comte d'Argenson's informants
Two letters of Louis XV on the crisis of 1753
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ISBN: 9780521403955
ISBN-10: 0521403952
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 16th December 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.64

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