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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 this reign is known. The work calls into question the current revisioninst 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, after a brief attempt to befriend the parlements through compromise, resorted to the authoritarian methods of Louis XIV and perpetuated the Sun King's political and economic legacy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780719062353
ISBN-10: 0719062357
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 16-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Paperback, February 2004