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Blood and Violence in Early Modern France by Stuart Carroll

By Stuart Carroll

French manners and civility have been the version for ecu civilization, whereas feud is linked to backward societies. but in France millions of guys died in duels within which the intended ideas of honour have been on a regular basis flouted. during this special and unique ebook Stuart Carroll explores the character of vengeance and divulges the darkish part of Renaissance civilization.

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1529; X2b 1215, 6 June 1641. ⁴¹ AN JJ 261 fo. 313v, Oct. 1551. ⁴³ AN X2b 1212, 10 July 1640. Blood and Earth 39 those of high social status might be threatened by building work that could be construed as a direct challenge to established rights and prerogatives. An upwardly mobile man such as Hector Rousseau, king’s procurator in Guyenne, displayed his wealth and links to the Parisian magisterial elite in the improvements he made to his lands in Poitou, including the sinking of two expensive ponds.

In 1573, for example, Suzanne de Mailloc had been granted the wardship of her son, Tanneguy le Gris, who two years later beat her up and threw her out of the baronial home at Echauffour in Lower Normandy; he then turned his attention to her dower lands and took advantage of the increasingly chaotic political situation in 1585 to steal her deeds, seals, and revenues. When she took him to court at Bayeux he arrived in town with twelve horsemen dressed in cuirasses and armed with arquebuses and pistols.

After Magdelon de Fayolles was killed fighting for the Catholics at the battle of Coutras in 1587, Henri of Navarre granted his château at Neuvic to his Calvinist cadet half-brother, Bertrand. When he was in turn killed in battle in 1589 the senior line of the family enforced its claim by seizing the château in the name of the Catholic League. Bertrand’s widow was reinstated by royal command in 1593 and Magdelon’s descendants were unable, by foul means or fair, either to oust her or Charlotte, her daughter.

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