A Study of the Parliament of Paris and the Other Parliaments of France ...

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J.A. Childs, Printer, 1884 - Courts - 50 pages

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Page 39 - ... convicts at the Chatelet of Paris. The cup had overflowed, and the cardinal resolved to put an end to an opposition which was the more irritating inasmuch as it was sometimes legitimate. A notification of the king's, published in 1641, prohibited the parliament from any interference in affairs of state and administration. The whole of Richelieu's home-policy is summed up in the preamble to that instrument, a formal declaration of absolute power concentrated in the hands of the king. " It seemeth...
Page 38 - I have done," he said to them, " is for the good of peace. I have made it abroad ; I wish to make it at home. Necessity forced me to this decree. They who would prevent it from passing would have war. You see me in my closet. I speak to you, not in royal robe, or with sword and cape, as my predecessors did, nor as a prince receiving an embassy, but as a father of a family in his doublet conversing familiarly with his children. It is said that I am minded to favor them of the religion; there is a...
Page 38 - is for the good of peace. I speak to you not in royal robe, or with sword and cape, hut as a father of his family conversing freely with his children. I ask you to register the edict I have granted the Protestants. God has chosen to give me this kingdom, which is mine by birth and conquest. You, gentlemen of Parliament, would not be in your seats but for me. If obedience was due to my predecessors, it is much more due to me.
Page 47 - Law introduced or immensely stimulated the habit of legislation, and this is one of the ways in which it has influenced the stubborn body of Germanic customs prevailing in Great Baitain.
Page 41 - Sept. 8, 17J3, and was registered by the express wish of Louis XIV, Feb. 14, 1714. The dying king, troubled and alarmed by discussions he deemed hurtful to true religion, desired to see the kingdom at peace before his death; but for fifty years the bull Unigenitus was a fruitful cause of dispute and resistance between Parliament and the Church, while the court party veered from one side to another as selfish interest dictated.
Page 45 - Lameth moved the abolition of the Parliaments. " They are now in vacation," objected some one. " So much the better," shouted Mirabeau, "Let them remain there; they will pass from sleep to death, and there will be no return.
Page 45 - France, vol. ii, p. 406. same situation as the king, his grandsire, facing refractory counselors. They continued to make angry remonstrances about registering money loans, and the king was obliged to use the despotic measure of a Bed of Justice. The Parliament doubtless thought it was conciliating public opinion, which was averse to new taxes, but the needs of the Treasury were urgent and its demands continued.
Page 37 - ... the wealth of the Church, and the pope handed over to the king its independance. " Each gave to the other, what belonged to neither.
Page 45 - Finally the Parliament of Paris declared that according to the ancient constitution of France, the establishment of new imposts belonged only to the States-General. It little anticipated that this cry meant its own destruction. The States-General, transformed into the Constituent Assembly, had scarcely existed four months when the great Dissolution tribunals ceased to be. l Nov. 3, 1789, Alexander of Parliaments Lameth moved the abolition of the Parliaments. " They are now in vacation,
Page 7 - ... yet too important to be passed over by any excepting those with whom study is but another name for pastime. In the Feudal age the whole of France was divided into seigniorial fiefs and enfranchised municipalities. In every fief the seigneur exercised an hereditary jurisdiction, both civil and penal. According to the language of those times, the justice of each seigneur was either Haute, Moyenne, or Basse, — a gradation depending on the extent of the damages, and on the nature of the penalties,...

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