VI.10 On the old French laws

, par Stewart

In many of the old French laws we find the spirit of the monarchy. In cases involving pecuniary penalties, non-nobles are punished less than nobles. [1] In crimes it is just the opposite [2] : the noble loses honor and his voice in court, whereas the commoner who has no honor is punished corporally.


[1“If as to cancel a warrant, the non-nobles owe a fine of forty sous, and the nobles of sixty livres” (Somme rural, book II, p. 198, Got. ed. of 1512).

[2See Le Conseil by Pierre Desfontaines, ch. xiii, esp. art. 22.