Memoire concernant la taxe imposée en 1727 par le senat de Savoye sur le clerge du pais pour la garde de les frontières contre la peste.
[France]: [Late 18th century].
8vo, 22.5cm, 14ff, laid paper, hand-drawn memento mori vignette of a skeleton holding a scythe and skull. contemporary quarter vellum & marbled boards, recent paper upper cover title label.
This erudite, detailed French manuscript of some 10000 words presents an interesting discussion and criticism, looking at the relationship between secular and ecclesiastical law, and the nature of ecclesiastical power in the spiritual, legal and economic sense in relation the clergy of 18th century Savoy. This is explored through the context of the tax issued in Savoy for restriction of the clergy to protect the frontiers against plague. Of particular interest is an examination of the function of law in a society in general. [Ref: 639] £650
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