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By Steven Bednarski

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ISBN-13: 9781442604773

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this can be the tale of Margarida de Portu, a fourteenth-century French medieval lady accused of poisoning her husband to demise. As Bednarski issues out, the tale is critical no longer loads for what it tells us approximately Margarida yet for a way it illuminates a earlier global. during the depositions and accusations made in court docket, the reader learns a lot approximately medieval girls, girl supplier, relatives networks, harmony, intercourse, illness, medication, and legislation.

Unlike so much histories, this e-book doesn't get rid of the writer from the research. fairly, it lays naked the operating tools of the historian. all through his story, Bednarski skillfully weaves a moment narrative approximately how historians "do" heritage, highlighting the rewards and pitfalls of operating with fundamental resources.

The e-book opens with a bankruptcy on microhistory as a style and explains its strengths, weaknesses, and inherent hazards. subsequent is a story of Margarida's felony trial, through chapters at the civil matches and allure and Margarida's eventual destiny. The booklet encompasses a tough reproduction of a court docket notary, a notorial act, and a pattern of a felony inquest checklist within the unique Latin. A timeline of Margarida's lifestyles, record of characters, and family members bushes supply invaluable details on key humans within the tale. A map of past due medieval Manosque is usually provided.

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