From the critically acclaimed author of The Legacy They were originally five.
He had been found guilty of impersonating one Martin Guerre, a local man who had walked out of his marriage and life in the village over ten years previously, and had not been heard of since.
His testimony in court was convincing, he had t In the autumn of Arnaud du Tilh was executed in front of the house, deep in southern France, where he had lived for the past three years.
The case was so striking and extraordinary that Coras, the investigating judge, and La Sueur, a lawyer from the region both had books out in press about the case within a year. These were printed and reprinted in French and Latin in legitimate and bootlegged editions.
Working on the film Le Retour de Martin Guerre the author was troubled by its necessary departure and simplification of the historical background and that experience led her to write this book.
All the careful and well reasoned inferences, the must haves, the would haves, the differences in attitudes between the Guerre family with their Basque background and their neighbours, and the influence of Protestantism are just that, insubstantial inferences.
The only difference is that this time there is no real Martin Guerre who can turn up at the eleventh hour to stomp through them all on his wooden leg. Michel de Montaigne turned to the case in his published essay On the Lame, the uncertainty of our ability to judge and the difficulty of knowing the truth about things were central to his outlook which gave him a starting point to criticise Coras for his original presumption that du Tilh was innocent.
The case of the return of Martin Guerre is one of the odder examples of the provisional nature of knowledge, yet this emphasis on the point of view of the judging outsider overlooks something else that the author pays attention to: De Rols was herself at risk during the trial as a potential adulterer if she had been aware of the deception.
The delicacy and precision of how she positioned herself as a deceived person and an innocent victim is carefully brought out. The same attention is brought to how refusal to seek an annulment of her marriage to Guerre during the long early years of their infertility, or possibly just his, impotency she was to say that they were both bewitchedand her later acknowledgement of du Tihl as her husband were decisions that worked for her and made sense in her social context.
She emerges as, if not a winner, than as one who came closest to making the most of the circumstances in which she found herself, which is no more maybe than we all try to do with varying degrees of success.
Very short, very readable. Not an exploration of the spread of Protestantism in Southern France in the middle of the sixteenth century nor of the structure of the rural economybut a singular, very human, story.The Return of Martin Guerre is partly an account of a famous trial, and the book is deeply concerned with problems of evidence.
The case of Martin Guerre was so difficult to solve because it was not at all clear how the court should go about assessing the evidence for identity theft in 16th century France. The Return of Martin Guerre instead is about a peasant family in 16th-century France.
The story is interesting and author Natalie Zemon Davis does a good job with it. The basic story is astonishing but simple; peasant Martin Guerre has some sort of dispute with is /5(18).
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In The Return of Martin Guerre, historian Natalie Zemon Davis analyzes a sixteenth-century case of mistaken identity in which Martin Guerre abandons his family and property, and another man impersonates him to take over his life.
In sixteenth-century France, rural .