Sorcellerie et Justice Criminelle : Le Parlement de Paris (16e-18e Siecles), Hardback Book

Sorcellerie et Justice Criminelle : Le Parlement de Paris (16e-18e Siecles) Hardback

Part of the Variorum Collected Studies series

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The Parlement of Paris was the largest secular court in Christendom.

Although its criminal archives have been preserved virtually intact, historians of the period of the great witch trials, as well as scholars of the Ancien Regime in general, have been discouraged by the notorious difficulties of research into them, and have effectively avoided these records.

Alfred Soman was the first historian to have undertaken the task.

In the fifteen articles republished here, which include both detailed investigations of particular cases and broad-ranging overviews, he contends that criminal justice in the 16th- and 17th-century France was far more humane and less severe than traditional assumptions would suggest.

As early as 1588, the High Court began to take steps to restrain indiscriminate witch hunting, particularly in the eastern provinces where prosecutions were instigated not in conformity with, but in defiance of, the highest judicial authority in the land. Le Parlement de Paris, la plus grande cour de justice de l'Occident, nous a legue ses archives criminelles quasiment intactes.

Pourtant les historiens des proces de sorcellerie, ainsi que les specialistes des aspects institutionnels et sociaux de l'Ancien Regime, decourages par les difficultes notoires de la recherche, ont evite l'exploitation de ces documents.

Alfred Soman est le premier chercheur A en avoir releve de defi.

Dans cette serie de quinze articles, qui comprennent des enquAtes detailles, ainsi que des essais de synthese, il soutient que l'ancienne justice a ete beaucoup plus clemente et moins 'injuste' que de vieilles idees reAues ne le pretendent.

Des 1588, la Haute Cour commenAa A reprimer les nombreuses poursuites pour faits de sorcellerie, plus particulierement dans l'Est du royaume, oA(1) certains sieges subalternes entamaient des actions criminelles intempestatives, prenant le contre-pied de la politique mise en place par le Pouvoir judiciaire central.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9780860783206

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