Chambre Ardente

(French: burning room)

A commission created in the Parliament of Paris in 1547 for the purpose of trying heretics. This name was given, some say, because the place where the commission sat was lighted exclusively by torches, while others see in it a reference to the severity displayed by this court towards the Huguenots. The term was also applied to a court established by Louis XIV to stamp out poisoning and sorcery.

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