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An ordonnance (“ordinance”; from Latin ordinatio, “ordering”) was a legislative act (Legislation) in the Kingdom of France, both of regional powers like the dukes of Burgundy or Guyene and of the French king. The ordonnances issued by the latter are important for the legal development of France.

Up until the year 1629, these ordonnances were issued by royal sanction at the initiative and with the involvement of the estates of the realm (états, parliaments), but afterward purely as royal legislative acts in accordance with the principle of absolutism. Since the late Middle Ages,…

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Brauneder, Wilhelm, “Ordonnance”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025059>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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