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Overture to RevolutionThe 1787 Assembly of Notables and the Crisis of France's Old Regime$
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John Hardman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199585779

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585779.001.0001

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The Notables' Demand for Institutional Checks

The Notables' Demand for Institutional Checks

(p.257) 9 The Notables' Demand for Institutional Checks
Overture to Revolution

John Hardman

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With the fall of Calonne, the Notables moved from defence to attack. Taking it as given that Calonne had squandered millions, they sought institutional restraints on the king to prevent the recurrence of such malfeasance. Notably they demanded the creation of a finance council including lay members which would audit departmental expenditure and publish an annual budget. The king was loathe to make such concessions which killed any chance of the Assembly endorsing an increase in taxation. Two bureaux accepted the need but the rest rejected it and all stressed that the Assembly had no legislative mandate. Consequently when the Assembly was closed on 25 May, the king had to send his edicts before the Parlement without their endorsement

Keywords:   King, finance council, mandate, Parlement, taxation

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