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Louis XIV and the Parlements: The Assertion of Royal Authority

John J. Hurt


This study examines the political and economic relationship between Louis XIV and the parlements of France, the parlement of Paris and all the provincial tribunals. It explains how the king managed to overcome the century-old opposition of the parlements to new legislation, and to impose upon them the strict political discipline for which his reign is known. The work calls into question the current revisionist understanding of the reign of Louis XIV and insists that, after all, absolute government had a harsh reality at its core. When the king died in 1715, the regent, Philippe d'Orleans, afte ... More

Keywords: Louis XIV, parlements of France, Parlement of Paris, provincial tribunals, absolute government, Philippe d'Orleans, Sun King, new legislation, strict political discipline, reign

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780719062353
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719062353.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John J. Hurt, author