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Politics and the Parlement of Paris under Louis XV, 1754–1774

Politics and the Parlement of Paris under Louis XV, 1754–1774


  • Author: Julian Swann, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Date Published: April 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521483629

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  • Politics in eighteenth-century France was dominated by the relationship between the crown and the magistrates of the Parlement of Paris. The Parlement provided a traditional check upon the King's authority, but after 1750 it entered a period of prolonged confrontation with the government of Louis XV. The religious, financial and administrative policies of the monarchy were subject to sustained opposition, and the magistrates employed arguments which challenged the foundations of royal authority. This struggle was brought to an abrupt conclusion in 1771, when Chancellor de Maupeou implemented a royal revolution, breaking the power of the Parlement. In order to explain why the crown and the Parlement drifted into conflict, this study re-examines the conduct of government under Louis XV, the role of the magistrates, and the structure of judicial politics in eighteenth-century France.

    • Studies in detail the crisis between king and parlement under Louis XV
    • Opens up areas of research for the study of the origins of the 1789 Revolution
    • Offers an interpretation of political organisation and the role of the Parlement in eighteenth-century France
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    • Date Published: April 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521483629
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.564kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction: the Parlement of Paris
    2. Historians and the parlements
    The king and his judges
    4. The parti janséniste and the refusal of the sacraments crisis, 1754–1756
    5. Managing the parlements: crisis and compromise, 1756–1758
    6. The Parlement and fiscal politics, 1756–1763
    7. Choiseul and the politics of appeasement, 1758–1763
    8. An unhappy peace, 1763
    9. Defending La Chalotais: the Brittany affair, 1764–1766
    10. In the eye of the storm, 1767–1770
    11. The fall of the Parlement of Paris, 1770–1771
    Conclusion: Maupeou and beyond

  • Author

    Julian Swann, Birkbeck College, University of London

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