bed of justice

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bed of justice (plural beds of justice)

  1. (French history) A lit de justice.
    • 1866, Charles Duke Yonge, The History of France under the Bourbons, pp. 43-4:
      when [...] he himself announced that the king would hold a Bed of Justice to compel the instant registration of the necessary edicts, the Parliament became more exasperated than ever.
    • 1949, Rafael Sabatini, The Gamester, Stratus Books 2001, p. 137:
      D'Argenson was prepared with advice. ‘A bed of justice will suffice, Highness.’