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Death and the CrownRitual and Politics in France Before the Revolution$
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Anne Byrne

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526143303

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526143310

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The lit de justice of November 1774

The lit de justice of November 1774

(p.88) 3 The lit de justice of November 1774
Death and the Crown

Anne Byrne

Manchester University Press

This chapter provides a new insight into the recall of the parlement of Paris, a key moment in the early reign of Louis XVI. Ceremonial considerations played a significant part in the timing and handling of Louis XVI's decision. The venerable ceremony of the lit de justice was exploited by the monarchy to make clear political points on the conditions of the recall and set the stage for the relationship between king and parlement during the new reign.

Keywords:   Parlement, Notre Dame, lit de justice, Maupeou, bonfire, effigy, Louis XVI, Paris

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