Lit de Justice
Properly the seat occupied by the French king when he attended
the deliberations of his parlement. The session itself. Any
arbitrary edict. As the members of Parlement derived their power
king, when the king himself was present their power returned to the
fountain-head, and the king was arbitrary. What the king then proposed
could not be controverted, and, of course, had the force of law. The
last lit de justice was held by Louis XVI. in 1787.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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