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in France from the 14th to 18th centuries, members of a special form of assembly summoned by the king to consider financial and administrative questions. In contrast to the deputies of the Estates General, they were not elected by the estates but were chosen by the king from the most prominent representatives of the nobility, upper clergy, and urban elite.

Convened on an irregular basis, the assemblies were of a consultative character. They were a substitute for the assemblies of the Estates General, which were less submissive to royal authority. However, in 1787, just before the French Revolution, the Assembly of Notables rejected government reforms that infringed upon the tax privileges of the nobility and clergy.

The last Assembly of Notables was convened in 1788 for the purpose of considering the composition and voting procedures for the forthcoming meeting of the Estates General. It took a position hostile to the Third Estate, coming out against doubling the number of deputies from this estate and demanding that votes be cast separately by each estate rather than by individual deputies voting as members of the assembly as a whole. The procedure of voting by orders would have secured the domination of the Estates General by the nobility and clergy.


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At the head of the notables and of the Horticultural Committee shone Mynheer van Systens, dressed in his richest habiliments.
Notable mothers, who knew what it was to keep children "whole and sweet"; lazy mothers, who knew what it was to be interrupted in folding their arms and scratching their elbows by the mischievous propensities of children just firm on their legs, were equally interested in conjecturing how a lone man would manage with a two-year-old child on his hands, and were equally ready with their suggestions: the notable chiefly telling him what he had better do, and the lazy ones being emphatic in telling him what he would never be able to do.
Among the notable mothers, Dolly Winthrop was the one whose neighbourly offices were the most acceptable to Marner, for they were rendered without any show of bustling instruction.
I'VE been hearing lots of wonderful things about the band The Notables recently, so I decided to pay them a long overdue visit.
The Notables and the Nation: The Political Schooling of the French, 1787-1788.
The notables called for a national representative body and elected assemblies in the provinces to administer taxes and expenditures.
As explained in the preface, the author used the reputational method to identify the notables in the book, drawing upon the advice of social workers with expertise in international social work.
1st Grade TAG group has studied trees all year (which is how I came upon your website) and will participate in our Night of the Notables program as famous American who biographies you have listed.
Nafi's book provides a solid background to the anomaly in approaches of the notables and the ruling elite to the political realities of the Arab world.
The Notables Foundation, which provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities and special needs to gain skills with music and the performing arts, received the donation to help fund the charity's Together in Music project.
Pedagogy had mattered to the notables of old but not as much as it did to the new men who wanted to teach a hometown consciousness that would lead citizens to a greater love of nation.
As labor organizers, the notables had several handicaps.