Blood and Violence in Early Modern France by Stuart Carroll

By Stuart Carroll

French manners and civility have been the version for ecu civilization, whereas feud is linked to backward societies. but in France millions of fellows died in duels during which the intended ideas of honour have been on a regular basis flouted. during this designated and unique e-book Stuart Carroll explores the character of vengeance and divulges the darkish aspect of Renaissance civilization.

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Historical documents are rarely self-evident, and never so when we are looking at documents generated by a dispute, in which one side is always exonerated and the other always maligned. The historical method is not like peeling an onion: the historian cannot proceed to interpret documents by peeling away layers of falsehood until he discovers ‘the truth’. In Fiction in the Archives, her influential study of pardon tales, Natalie Davis has made us aware of the ways in which the tales themselves did not recount ‘true’ events but were crafted into a narrative, a collaborative project between the supplicant, a notary and occasionally a lawyer, that conformed to certain basic conventions.

148. Blood and Earth 37 six months, presumably in order to force her to sign Neuvic over to them. ³⁶ Such an unusual and heinous crime may reflect the sense of indignation and injustice felt by the Catholic Fayolles. The entire clan and its allies was targeted by the crown—eight men and one women were condemned to be beheaded and eleven men broken on the wheel, as well as about twenty commoners hanged—though none of its leading members was ever apprehended. NEIGHBOURS Litigation was a way of life for all landholders, noble and commoner alike.

75, Mar. 1527. ¹⁴ Flandrin, Families, 17. ¹⁵ Jacques shared the seigneuries of Venizy and Saint-Mards in Champagne with his kinsmen, including Josias de la Porte his maternal uncle. A conflict arose when Piedefer’s sister sold her share, 1/28th of Venizy and 1/43rd of Saint-Marie, to la Porte which Piedefer wished to repurchase by lineal redemption. Piedefer took his case to the local présidial court on the grounds that as senior heir and chief landholder he had right of repurchase; he won but la Porte appealed to the Parlement of Paris.

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