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Louis XIV and the ParlementsThe Assertion of Royal Authority$
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John J. Hurt

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780719062353

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719062353.001.0001

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Introduction: sovereignty and registration of the laws

Introduction: sovereignty and registration of the laws

(p.1) Introduction: sovereignty and registration of the laws
Louis XIV and the Parlements

John J. Hurt

Manchester University Press

Recent scholarship on the parlements has minimized their differences with royal administrations. According to the current view, any disputes involving the parlements were less than fundamental, involving no vital interest, an artificial or ritual ballet in which both sides accepted unwritten rules and kept inside invisible boundaries. Thus the basic issue of royal sovereignty could never come into play, by mutual consent. This view is only partially correct. It is true that the parlements did not openly challenge sovereignty or the nature of the monarchy. They looked for no Bastille to storm. But it is not true that they posed no fundamental obstacle to royal government, merely that their behaviour was insidious, marked by stealth.

Keywords:   Parlements, royal administrations, ritual ballet, royal sovereignty, monarchy

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