French Revolution Essay

Masters
Essay
History
Pages 10 (2510 words)
Download 0
The end of the Ancien Regime in France has long been associated with the activities of the various parlements and their influence within the revolutionary movements that shook France from 1787 onwards. These movements reached their zenith with what is commonly called the "Revolution of 1789"…

Introduction


Parlements were political institutions that developed of the previous "Kings Councils, the Conseil du Roi or Curia Regis. Originally there was just one Parlement, that in Paris, but by mid Fifteenth Century there was one in Toulouse, which extended its authority over much of Southern France. From 1443 until the explosion of the French Revolution there were fourteen other parlements created, in cities such as Arras, Grenoble and Perpignan. Importantly, all these cities had always been administrative capitals of their regions (often stemming from Roman rule) and had strong traditions of independence from central control.
Officially parlements were not legislative bodies, but rather courts of appeal. However, they did have the responsibility to record all edicts and laws, and could refuse to apply such laws when they went against "fundamental law", or the local coutumes. Increasingly, and this was particularly the case with the Parlement of Paris, the parlements began to "challenge royal edicts" (Doyle, 2001, p.1) . These challenges often took the form of deliberate delaying tactics until the king held a lit de justice or sent a letter de cachet that would essentially force them to act. ...
Download paper
Not exactly what you need?

Related papers

The French Revolution
But more interestingly, it was a rebellion against the conventional ideas and the established philosophy, with even religious discord and a struggle for supremacy (Smitha). This paper purports to discuss the main aspects of the revolution, both in terms of its reasons, and its effects. Let us consider the economic and political reasons first. France was emerging as the second world power after…
How did the French Revolution inspire Romanticism and why
Romanticism, therefore, turned to an assessment of imperialism and materialism of an industrial community. Although the French revolution enabled romanticism to gain popularity, it turned romantics against it. The French revolution in an immense way influenced the era of romanticism and most of it in a positive way. The French revolution significantly inspired interest in the portrayal of…
The French Church and the Revolution
From an external perspective, the church played a key role before the French revolution in that it was one of the major sources of power due to the support it provided to the different leaders of the time. This was especially the case for the Valois and Bourbon dynasties, in which the church was perceived as the central source of socio-political power for all of France. The church provided…
french revolution
The revolution reached its climax in 1789 upon the reconvening of the estates-general, France’s ancient legislative arm, when it became apparent that the higher class had refused to give away their privileges in the interest of saving the nation’s crippling economy. The ordinary French citizens seized this chance to force a revolution. The revolution thus got born out of a battle to attain…
French Revolution Master Essay
The rage of Parlements against the government, the economic collapse and the financial downturn of Frenchmen paved way for the commencement of revolution. All these events took rise during the regime of King Louis XVI, debilitating the extent of his influence on the masses. Amongst all these factors, the parlements owing to their contravention against the King, are considered to have prominently…
French Revolution
The new order, or at least the aim of the new order, was the establishment of a peoples' republic where private property is owned by the feudal lord is berated, religion does not play any role in politics or in the lives of the people and a general will is represented by a group of bourgeois leftists. Although when the revolution ended, France was ruled by an emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte.…
French Revolution Essay
Parlements were political institutions that developed of the previous "Kings Councils, the Conseil du Roi or Curia Regis. Originally there was just one Parlement, that in Paris, but by mid Fifteenth Century there was one in Toulouse, which extended its authority over much of Southern France. From 1443 until the explosion of the French Revolution there were fourteen other parlements created, in…