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    Parlement, politics and the parti janséniste: the Grand Conseil affair, 1755-1756

    Swann, Julian (1992) Parlement, politics and the parti janséniste: the Grand Conseil affair, 1755-1756. French History 6 (4), pp. 435-461. ISSN 0269-1191.

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    Between October 1755 and April 1756, the Parlement of Paris became involved in a serious jurisdictional dispute with a rival legal institution, the Grand Conseil.' The quarrel was caused by the Grand Conseil's claim to the privilege of judging cases involving its own members.2 The subsequent opposition of the Parlement forced the king, Louis XV, to exercise his traditional role as arbiter. However, when he sided with the Grand Conseil, the Parlement refused to accept his verdict. That court was so resolutely opposed to the new status bestowed upon its rival that in February 1756 it summoned the princes and the peers to make a joint protest against this innovation. With France on the eve of a major war with England, the government badly needed the consent of the magistrates for its fiscal policies. As a result, in April of that year, the king was forced to abandon both his own earlier position and the Grand Conseil, leaving the Parlement triumphant.


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    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
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    Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2017 14:25
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