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

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

Volume 1. The System of Criminal Justice

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  • Date Published: April 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521361699

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  • This book is the first of two volumes centered around the two great courts of Paris, the Châtelet and Parlement, and their criminal defendants in the eighteenth century. Richard Andrews refutes the "black legend" of Revolutionary propaganda and its modern historical successors, which hold that the Old Regime courts were cruel and arbitrary. The author places the courts of Old Regime Paris in the context of French society and the state, and examines the practices and doctrines of punishment, along with the jurisprudence of moral and criminal behavior. By reconstructing the general system of royal criminal justice, Andrews explores the political system connected to it: the formation, authority and ethos of the magistracy and its relation to the monarchy, the Church, the aristocracy, the bourgeois and the plebians.

    • 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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    "Richard Mowery Andrews's industry and archival commitment were legendary, even among the members of that formidable group. Only now has he produced--or begun to produce, since this is the first of two volumes on Law, Magistracy, and Crime in Old Regime Paris--the major work that vindicates his earlier reputation." Times Literary Supplement

    "There is much here for students who want an introduction to criminal law and for anyone who wants insights into the judicial system." Thomas Brennan, Law and History Review

    "Students of French Old Regime law, crime, and society will welcome the appearance of Andrews' study of Parisian crime and its judgment by the Chatelet and Parlement of Paris--tribunals whose vast jurisdictions in the capital and its region made them the monarchy's most important judicatures....[Andrews'] study transcends the legal, political, or prosopographical foci of existing studies of these courts to examine their actual administration of criminal justice, and his conclusions challenge historians to reexamine long-held assumptions about Old Regime society and criminal law....this first volume of Andrews' study gives historians much to anticipate in his second volume, which will examine the crimes and criminals that appeared before the Paris courts." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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    • Date Published: April 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521361699
    • length: 632 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.06kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus. 25 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations, charts, and tables
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    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
    Index.

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    Richard Mowery Andrews, University of Oregon

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