By Stuart Carroll

French manners and civility have been the version for ecu civilization, whereas feud is linked to backward societies. but in France hundreds of thousands of fellows died in duels within which the meant principles of honour have been usually flouted. during this certain and unique e-book Stuart Carroll explores the character of vengeance and divulges the darkish part of Renaissance civilization.

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The vastness of the undertaking required that some leads be privileged over others. I pursued cases where there was evidence of blood taking, and concentrated my energies on a swathe of the centre and south-west—Poitou, the Marche, Angoumois, Limousin, Quercy, Périgord, and Auvergne—in departmental archives where there was good record survival. An important point of comparison was Normandy, a province that I knew well from previous research. Rouen not only had its own Parlement, but hosted the privilege of Saint-Romain, the records of which are unique in the detail and frankness with which they describe acts of criminality.

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. His most powerful neighbour, Mathurin d’Appelvoisin, took umbrage, smashed up the works and beat the workers.

148. Blood and Earth 37 six months, presumably in order to force her to sign Neuvic over to them. ³⁶ Such an unusual and heinous crime may reflect the sense of indignation and injustice felt by the Catholic Fayolles. The entire clan and its allies was targeted by the crown—eight men and one women were condemned to be beheaded and eleven men broken on the wheel, as well as about twenty commoners hanged—though none of its leading members was ever apprehended. NEIGHBOURS Litigation was a way of life for all landholders, noble and commoner alike.

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