‘Several fanatics who talked only of killing kings’: conspirators and regicides before the parlement de Paris in the wake of the assassination of Henri IV, 1610

Abstract : This article proposes a non-event-driven analysis of an extraordinary event: the assassination of Henri IV on 14 May 1610. The assassination itself is not examined, but rather its many repercussions and the popular reactions it caused across the kingdom. The proceedings of interrogations in the criminal chamber of the parlement de Paris allow us to trace the judicial prosecutions against those whose words or deeds were considered a threat to the king, to the state and to public order. As the legend of King Henry was already being developed, should these individuals be seen as would-be Ravaillacs beyond their objectionable words or possibly treasonous offences? Or were their statements merely tavern talk and just part of the regular circulation of information? The aim of this study is to take fully into account the various forms of ‘talk’ that surrounded the death of the king, in order to examine popular forms of expression and to consider these sources as providing exceptional access to public opinion, otherwise rarely audible and often discredited.
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Diane Roussel. ‘Several fanatics who talked only of killing kings’: conspirators and regicides before the parlement de Paris in the wake of the assassination of Henri IV, 1610. French History, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2016, 30 (4), pp.459 - 476. ⟨10.1093/fh/crw035⟩. ⟨hal-01783539⟩

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