- n. historical The ninth month of the French Republican Calendar, from May 20 or 21 to June 19 or 20.
- From French prairie (pasture) (Wiktionary)
“So if they'd kept it, and we'd adopted it along with the rest of the metric system, today would be Decadi, 30th Prairial, 216.”
“The Law of 22 Prairial (10 June 1794), written by Couthon and Robespierre, accelerated the Terror in its final six weeks.”
“On 10 June the Convention passed the Law of 22 Prairial, written by Couthon and Robespierre, greatly accelerating the Terror by streamlining the process by which suspected counterrevolutionaries were tried and (nearly always) convicted before the Revolutionary Tribunal.”
“Terror, the Law of 22 Prairial (10 June 1794) further broadened the range of those who could be brought before the Tribunal as suspects, divided the Tribunal into four sections, made the death penalty the only sentence other than acquittal which the Tribunal could hand down, eliminated cross-examination of witnesses, eliminated defense counsel for conspirators (retaining it only for "calumniated patriots"), and allowed juries to consider "either material or moral proofs.”
“Law of 22 Prairial reorganizes and further empowers”
“Revolutionaay [sic] Tribunal passed on the 22d Prairial (June 10), which he alone devised – and which was badly received.”
“But over the course of the spring the delay steadily increased, and after the Law of 22 Prairial (10 June) and the Battle of Fleurus (26 June) the transmission of reports out of Paris and through the Netherlands became extremely precarious.”
“Prairial (10 June 1794), which simplified the proceedings of the Revolutionary”
“Law of 22 Prairial bestowed great power on the revolutionary tribunal.”
“On the twenty-second of Prairial, (June 10,) a law, consisting of a variety of articles for the regulation of the Revolutionary Tribunal, was introduced to the convention by Couthon, a member of the government; and, as usual adopted with very little previous discussion.”
A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, Part III., 1794 Described in a Series of Letters from an English Lady: with General and Incidental Remarks on the French Character and Manners
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