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List of plates List of figures List of tables List of abbreviations Preface A note on names 1. The background: the Parlement and the King 2. Issues and intrigues, 1741-1747 3. Prelude to crisis: the vingtième and the affair of the hôpital ge;ne;ral, 1748-1751 4. Denial of sacraments: the conflict of 1752 5. A decision for the King 6. The crisis of 1753 7. The transfer of the Parlement to Pontoise and the exile of the enquêtes and requêtes, 1753 8. The exile of the grand'chambre and the return of the Parlement, 1753-1754 Conclusion: the 'law of silence', 2 September 1754 Appendix A. Note on the Comte d'Argenson's informants Appendix B. Two letters of Louis XV on the crisis of 1753.