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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Censure royale, French literature of the 17th century, Frédéric Lachèvre

The Royal privilege refers to practices in Early Modern Europe, where before publishing an imprimatur was needed.


Royal censorship during the Ancien Régime

In 16th century France, the state itself began to take a greater role in censorship over the University and in 1566, the Ordonnance of Moulins was issued, banning the writing, printing or selling of defamatory books attacking individual's good reputations and requiring that all books published must be approved and include the "privilège" and the great seal. The state control was strengthened in 1571 by the edict of Gaillon which placed enforcement of the censorship laws in the Chancellor's office instead of the University.

Famous Royal censors have included Crébillon père and fils.

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