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

By Steven Bednarski

this can be the tale of Margarida de Portu, a fourteenth-century French medieval lady accused of poisoning her husband to dying. As Bednarski issues out, the tale is critical no longer rather a lot for what it tells us approximately Margarida yet for the way it illuminates a prior international. throughout the depositions and accusations made in courtroom, the reader learns a lot approximately medieval girls, girl organization, family networks, cohesion, intercourse, disorder, drugs, and legislations.

Unlike so much histories, this ebook 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" heritage, highlighting the rewards and pitfalls of operating with basic resources.

The e-book 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, via chapters at the civil matches and charm and Margarida's eventual destiny. The booklet contains a tough reproduction of a courtroom 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 relations bushes supply beneficial details on key humans within the tale. A map of past due medieval Manosque can also be provided.

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