Law, Magistracy, and Crime in Old Regime Paris, 1735-1789: Volume 1, The System of Criminal Justice

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 29, 1994 - History - 630 pages
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This book is the first of two volumes centered around the two great courts of Paris, the Châtelet and Parlement, and their criminal defendants in the eighteenth century. Richard Andrews refutes the "black legend" of Revolutionary propaganda and its modern historical successors, which hold that the Old Regime courts were cruel and arbitrary. The author places the courts of Old Regime Paris in the context of French society and the state, and examines the practices and doctrines of punishment, along with the jurisprudence of moral and criminal behavior. By reconstructing the general system of royal criminal justice, Andrews explores the political system connected to it: the formation, authority and ethos of the magistracy and its relation to the monarchy, the Church, the aristocracy, the bourgeois and the plebians.
  

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Contents

B The judiciary within the city
22
The judiciary within the state
43
Meanings
55
The Parlement of Paris
77
Themistocrats
103
the uniqueness of the themistocracy
174
the Maussions and their allies
206
Professional culture
241
Origins and legend
417
Preparatory instruction
425
Definitive instruction
432
Definitive judgment
473
The case record
517
Theft
536
Murder
548
Judgment knowledge or power?
590

Imagery
283
Royal mercy
394

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