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By Steven Bednarski

ISBN-10: 1442604778

ISBN-13: 9781442604773

ISBN-10: 1442607718

ISBN-13: 9781442607712

this can be the tale of Margarida de Portu, a fourteenth-century French medieval girl accused of poisoning her husband to loss of life. As Bednarski issues out, the tale is necessary now not a lot for what it tells us approximately Margarida yet for the way it illuminates a prior global. in the course of the depositions and accusations made in courtroom, the reader learns a lot approximately medieval girls, woman organization, relatives networks, cohesion, intercourse, disorder, medication, and legislations.

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

The publication opens with a bankruptcy on microhistory as a style and explains its strengths, weaknesses, and inherent dangers. subsequent is a story of Margarida's felony trial, by way of chapters at the civil matches and allure and Margarida's eventual destiny. The publication includes a tough replica of a courtroom notary, a notorial act, and a pattern of a felony inquest list within the unique Latin. A timeline of Margarida's lifestyles, record of characters, and kin timber offer worthwhile details on key humans within the tale. A map of past due medieval Manosque can be provided.

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