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

By Steven Bednarski

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 necessary no longer loads for what it tells us approximately Margarida yet for a way it illuminates a previous global. in the course of the depositions and accusations made in court docket, the reader learns a lot approximately medieval ladies, lady enterprise, relations networks, cohesion, intercourse, illness, medication, and legislation.

Unlike such a lot histories, this booklet doesn't eliminate the writer from the research. really, 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 basic resources.

The ebook 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 way of chapters at the civil matches and allure and Margarida's eventual destiny. The ebook includes a tough reproduction of a court docket notary, a notorial act, and a pattern of a felony inquest list within the unique Latin. A timeline of Margarida's existence, checklist of characters, and kin timber offer precious details on key humans within the tale. A map of past due medieval Manosque can be provided.

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