The Parlement of Paris

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The Parlement of Paris was central to the growth of the monarchy of the ancien regime in France, and crucial in its downfall. Its primary function, as the French court of law, was matched by a growing political role; as the crown grew in power during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the Parlement became a focal point of opposition to royal arbitrariness. It was not, however, a representative body; its power derived from the crown, and it was therefore increasingly placed in an intolerable dilemma since any ...
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Overview

The Parlement of Paris was central to the growth of the monarchy of the ancien regime in France, and crucial in its downfall. Its primary function, as the French court of law, was matched by a growing political role; as the crown grew in power during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the Parlement became a focal point of opposition to royal arbitrariness. It was not, however, a representative body; its power derived from the crown, and it was therefore increasingly placed in an intolerable dilemma since any attack it made on the crown's authority necessarily weakened its own position. The publication of The Parlement of Paris in 1968 marked a milestone in the study of this key institution of ancien regime France. A vast amount of research has been undertaken since its first appearance but it remains the only volume in the English language to offer an interpretation of the Parlement's role, judicial and political, from its beginnings in the mid-thirteenth century until its fall during the revolution of 1789.
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A revised reprint of a 1968 work (Eyre & Spottiswoode Ltd.) which examines the whole history of the Parlement. Shennan (European history, U. of Lancaster) argues that an examination of the Parlement's various roles provides the best clue to an understanding of the role of the French monarchy itself. He shows how the Parlement became a focal point of opposition to royal arbitrariness as the crown grew in power during the 15th and 16th centuries. This volume is the only one in English to offer an interpretation of the Parlement's judicial and political role from its inception in the mid-13th centuries until its fall during the 1789 revolution. Distributed by International Publishers Marketing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750918305
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 365
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition
Introduction to Second Edition
Introduction 3
Bk. 1 The Court of Law
1 Structure and Organization 9
2 The Parlement and the Law 50
3 The Parlement in Paris 86
4 The Members of the Parlement 110
Bk. 2 The Political Institution
5 The Medieval Parlement 151
6 The Parlement in the Sixteenth Century 188
7 The League, Henry IV and Richelieu 222
8 The Reign of Louis XIV 255
9 The Parlement in the Eighteenth Century 285
Conclusion 327
App. I The Organisation of the Parlement 331
App. II The Genealogy of the French Monarchs to 1793 332
Glossary 336
Bibliography 339
Index 355
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