Steven Bednarski's A Poisoned Past: The Life and Times of Margarida de Portu, a PDF

By Steven Bednarski

ISBN-10: 1442604778

ISBN-13: 9781442604773

ISBN-10: 1442607718

ISBN-13: 9781442607712

this is often 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 critical now not a lot for what it tells us approximately Margarida yet for the way it illuminates a prior international. during the depositions and accusations made in court docket, the reader learns a lot approximately medieval ladies, lady organisation, relatives networks, cohesion, intercourse, illness, medication, and legislation.

Unlike so much histories, this booklet doesn't get rid of 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 fundamental 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 legal trial, by means of chapters at the civil matches and charm and Margarida's eventual destiny. The e-book includes a tough reproduction of a courtroom notary, a notorial act, and a pattern of a felony inquest checklist within the unique Latin. A timeline of Margarida's existence, checklist of characters, and kinfolk bushes offer necessary details on key humans within the tale. A map of overdue medieval Manosque can be provided.

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