Parliament of Tours

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The Parliament of Tours was a faction of parliamentarians from the parliament of Paris faithful to the king and sitting at Tours from June 1589 to April 1594. It was also known as the King's Parliament, in opposition to the Catholic League's Parliament in Paris.

In 1589, Paris was effectively in the hands of the League. To escape, Henry III of France summoned the parliament of Paris to meet at Tours, but only a small faction of its parliamentarians accepted the summons. (Henry also held a parliament at Châlons, a town remaining faithful to the king, known as the parliament of Châlons.) Following the king's assassination by the monk Jacques Clément, the parliament of Tours continued to sit during the first years of Henry IV of France's reign.

The royalist members of the other provincial parliaments also split off—the royalist members of the parlement de Rouen seceded to Caen, those in the parlement de Toulouse to Carcassonne, and those of parlement de Dijon to Semur and to Flavigny.