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‎AVIGNON - MULOT, (F.V.)‎

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‎Compte rendu à l'Assemblée nationale comme commissaire du Roi à Avignon, le 19 novembre 1791. (Drop-head title). Paris, Baudouin, 1791. - (Followed by:) MULOT, (F.V.) Supplément nécessaire au Compte rendu comme commissaire du Roi à Avignon.‎

‎Paris, Imprimerie nationale, 1791. Together 2 pieces in 1 volume. 151 pp.; (2), 9 pp. 8vo. Modern half morocco. Martin & Walter 25507 & 25510. Avignon, located at the confluence of the Rhône and Durance rivers, the county of Avignon, which included the city of Avignon and a few surrounding communes, had a population of about 25.000 in 1789, and had been a papal enclave since the papacy acquired it from the ruler of Provence in 1348. It was governed by the pope's representative, the vice-legate, and a municipal council controlled by the clergy, the nobility, and a few priviliged bourgeois-families. Abuses in the papal administration were widespread, and well before the French Revolution the industrial and commercial bourgeoisie, particularly the silk manufacturers, and members of the legal community were demanding reform in the judicial and taxation systems and a broadening of representation in the council. There was discontent as well among artisans and peasants, aggravated after 1788 by an economic crises that led to a sharp rise in bread prices and unemployment in the silk industry, the mainstay of the county's economy. Encouraged by the first results of the Revolution in France, Avignonese Revolutionaries renewed their demands and supported them with demonstrations. By March 1790, the revolutionaries had gained control of the municipal council. They adopted the main provisions of the constitution then being framed in France, but the pope refused to accept these. After his supporters in Avignon made an unsuccesful bid to reassert his authority by force, the Revolutionaries declared Avignon independent of the papacy and voted to join France (11 June 1790). The pages 83-151 of the first volume contain 'pièces justificatives'. ‎


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