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The bishops and the first Assembly of Notables, spring 1787

Nigel Aston

in The End of an Élite: The French Bishops and the Coming of the Revolution 1786-1790

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198202844
eISBN:
9780191675553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202844.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History, History of Religion

Baron de Calonne, the Controller-General, advised Louis XVI in August 1786 to summon an Assembly of Notables. In the minister's mind, the Assembly was seen as a new device to obtain something like ... More


Introduction: The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy*

Julian Swann

in The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy: France from Old Regime to Revolution

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265383
eISBN:
9780191760433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265383.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

This chapter examines the historiographical debates inspired by the French Revolution, discussing how the impact of the Revisionist attack on the social (or Marxist) interpretation led to a richer, ... More


The Assembly of Notables, 1583–1584

MARK GREENGRASS

in Governing Passions: Peace and Reform in the French Kingdom, 1576-1585

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199214907
eISBN:
9780191706561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214907.003.09
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

On November 18, 1583, Henri III welcomed delegates to the Assembly of Notables that he had convened in the great hall at the chateau of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The Assembly was viewed as a ... More


From Servant of the King to ‘Idol of the Nation’: The Breakdown of Personal Monarchy in Louis XVI’s France

Julian Swann

in The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy: France from Old Regime to Revolution

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265383
eISBN:
9780191760433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265383.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

The absolute monarchy was a personal monarchy and during the reign of Louis XIV, the king established a tradition that the king should act as his ‘own first minister’, coordinating the work of his ... More


Introduction

Nigel Aston

in The End of an Élite: The French Bishops and the Coming of the Revolution 1786-1790

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198202844
eISBN:
9780191675553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202844.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History, History of Religion

This book examines how and where the bishops exerted their political influence between 1786 and 1790, and episcopal involvement to the National Assembly. In so doing, it concentrates particularly on ... More


The Political Role of the Bishops

John McManners

in Church and Society in Eighteenth-Century France Volume 2: The Religion of the People and the Politics of Religion

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198270041
eISBN:
9780191600692
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198270046.003.0028
Subject:
Religion, Church History

As the crisis of the ancien régime developed amidst plans to reform the parlous condition of state finances, bishops were called upon to play a political role in the various assemblies called to vote ... More


How, and How Not, to Use the Concept of Crisis in the Reign of Louis XVI*

Jean-Pierre Poussou

in The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy: France from Old Regime to Revolution

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265383
eISBN:
9780191760433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265383.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

This chapter demonstrates that the idea of a ‘general crisis’ affecting the whole of Louis XVI's reign is unsustainable. This is particularly true of the French economy, where the influence of Ernest ... More


The World Changes

Timothy Tackett

in The Glory and the Sorrow: A Parisian and His World in the Age of the French Revolution

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780197557389
eISBN:
9780197557419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197557389.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

The chapter follows the progressive politicization of Colson and his neighbors during the so-called pre-Revolutionary period (1787–89), taking note of the extent to which he and they were taken ... More


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