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    A monarch who wants to "rule by law": the Parliament of Paris and the king in the France of Louis XV

    Swann, Julian (2011) A monarch who wants to "rule by law": the Parliament of Paris and the king in the France of Louis XV. Parlement[s]: Revue d’Histoire Politique 15 , pp. 48-62. ISSN 1768-6520.

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    Abstract

    A king who will “régner par les lois”: The Parlement of Paris, the king and kingship during the reign of Louis XV. The relationship between Louis XV and the Parlement of Paris is usually presented in conflictual terms with a series of religious and financial crises culminating in the revolution of 1771. Yet the parlementaires were far from hostile to the monarchy and through an examination of their remonstrances this article seeks to establish what they considered to be the characteristics of an ideal king. Criticising Louis XV directly was clearly all but impossible, but through a selective reading of French history the parlementaires could present him with a model of successful rule. As a result, the remonstrances are full of references to monarchs as diverse as Charles V, Louis XI and Henri IV who were used to send subtle messages of support or criticism of Louis XV. By examining how the Parlement thought about kings and kingship, it is possible to shed further light on the political culture of the parlementaires.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): parlement, Louis XV, justice, monarchy, politics
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2014 14:24
    Last Modified: 14 Jan 2014 14:24
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8963

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