Reflections on the Revolution in France | Study Guide

Edmund Burke

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Reflections on the Revolution in France | Glossary


Act of Settlement: (n) English legislation of 1701, by which it was agreed by Parliament that the monarchy of England and Ireland would be settled only on Protestants

assignats: (n) paper currency issued by the Revolutionary government in France pegged to the value of lands confiscated from the clergy

cabal: (n) a secret association of schemers or plotters

confiscation: (n) forcible seizure

constitution: (n) basic framework or structure of government in a state

Declaration of Right: (n) (usually known as the Bill of Rights) document of 1689 proclaiming the rights of all English citizens and affirming that the monarch must abide by these rights

Encyclopaedia: (n) multivolume compilation of information and practice across a variety of fields and professions, one of whose principal editors was the French philosopher Denis Diderot (1713–84)

Estates General: (n) before the Revolution in France, the representative assembly of the three estates, or orders of the realm, comprising the clergy, the nobility, and the common people

Glorious Revolution: (n) forced abdication of King James II, who was a Roman Catholic, and conferral of the monarchy on William III and his wife, Mary, in 1688–89

House of Commons: (n) the more powerful of the two houses, or divisions, of the British Parliament

lèse–majesté: (n) breach of protocol that was interpreted as an insult to the monarch

livre: (n) French monetary unit

Magna Carta: (n) declaration of rights drawn up by the English barons in 1215 and signed by King John

National Assembly: (n) French legislature that came into being early in the Revolution

parlement: (n) in pre–Revolutionary France, a provincial appellate court

Parliament: (n) the law–making branch of British government, located in London

Third Estate: (n) the section of the Estates General comprising the mass of the people

Versailles: (n) small town 15 miles west of Paris where Louis XIV built a splendid palace that served as the seat of royal rule in France during the 1600s and 1700s

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