Compulsory registration and its limits, 1665–1671
in Louis XIV and the parlements

This chapter discusses Louis XIV and the issues related to registration of laws he dealt with. It also discusses the circumstances and the process by which Louis XIV achieved success in these issues. The chapter further shows how the king, in 1671–1675, finally suppressed the ability of the parlements to impede or prevent the registration of new laws, prying them loose from the practices and precedents that had sustained them over the decades, and overriding the principles upon which they claimed to act. In retrospect, it is only surprising that it took this administration as long as it did to achieve this result. Once Louis XIV, guided by Colbert, chose to pitch his fiscal machine at a higher level, he finally had no choice but to overcome the constitutionalism of the parlements and establish the political discipline that became a hallmark of his reign and a signal victory for absolute government.

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Louis XIV and the parlements

The assertion of royal authority

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