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Law, Magistracy, and Crime in Old Regime Paris, 1735–1789

Volume 1. The System of Criminal Justice


  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521526364

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  • Law, Magistracy, and Crime in Old Regime Paris, 1735–1789 is the first of two volumes centred around the two great courts of Paris, the Châtelet and Parlement, and their criminal defendants in the eighteenth century. Richard Andrews seeks to refute the 'black legend' of revolutionary propaganda and its modern historical successors, which hold that the Old Regime courts were cruel and arbitrary. These courts are shown rather to be thoroughly rule-bound and consisting of strict judicial procedure derived from royal statutes. Rule of and by the law is shown to be the most substantial legacy of the Old Regime. This volume places the courts of Old Regime Paris in the context of French society and the state. The practices and doctrines of punishment are examined, along with the jurisprudence of moral and criminal behaviour.

    • The first volume of a detailed study of key French eighteenth-century institutions
    • Seeks to explode the myths surrounding 'old regime' systems of French justice
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521526364
    • length: 632 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 153 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.224kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus. 25 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations, charts, and tables
    Principal sources and abbreviations
    General introduction: A. The metropolis and its region
    B. The judiciary within the city
    C. The judiciary within the state
    Part I. Themistocracy: Introduction: meanings
    1. The Châtelet of Paris
    2. The Parlement of Paris
    3. Themistocrats
    4. A Fourth Estate: the uniqueness of the themistocracy
    5. Themistocratic family and kinship: the Maussions and their allies
    6. Professional culture
    Conclusion: rule of law
    Appendix: letter of appointment for Augustin Testard du Lys
    Part II. Punishment: Introduction: imagery
    7. Liability and immunity
    8. Purposes
    9. Forms
    10. Royal mercy
    Conclusion: tradition and modernity
    Appendix: arrest de la cour du Parlement
    Part III. Trial and Judgement: The Procedure of the 1670 Criminal Ordinance: Introduction: origins and legend
    11. Initiating judicial action
    12. Preparatory instruction
    13. Definitive instruction
    14. Interlocutory judgement
    15. Definitive judgement
    Conclusion: principles
    Appendix: penal decision, a mathematical model
    Part IV. Trials and Judgments: Illustrative Cases: Introduction: the case record
    16. Assault
    17. Theft
    18. Murder
    Conclusion: judgement: knowledge or power?
    Conclusion to volume I

  • Author

    Richard Mowery Andrews, University of Oregon

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