The Brief Ministry of Bouvard de Fourqueux

John Hardman

in Overture to Revolution

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199585779
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595325 | DOI:
The Brief Ministry of Bouvard de Fourqueux

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The king attempts to take the helm but discovers that Calonne had been the lightning-conductor which had sheltered him from direct hits. The Notables' opposition had been to Calonne's measures not the man, and the former were ultimately the king's. Louis has to choose between dissolving the Assembly and taking his chances registering the edicts in the Parlement without the Notables' endorsement (which Bouvard favours) or appointing a minister acceptable to the Assembly. He negotiates with Brienne, the supposed ‘leader of the Opposition’ in the Assembly, but the real leader, in absentia, is Necker, whose appointment the king refuses to contemplate. Moreover, Brienne fails to insist on enough concessions by the king to win the Assembly's backing. The Notables demand to see the accounts but make little sense of them.

Keywords: Bouvard; Brienne; Calonne; Necker; concessions; accounts

Chapter.  11022 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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