By Steven Bednarski
Unlike so much histories, this publication doesn't eliminate the writer from the research. relatively, it lays naked the operating tools of the historian. all through his story, Bednarski skillfully weaves a moment narrative approximately how historians "do" background, highlighting the rewards and pitfalls of operating with fundamental 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 felony trial, via chapters at the civil matches and attraction and Margarida's eventual destiny. The publication encompasses a tough replica of a courtroom notary, a notorial act, and a pattern of a felony inquest checklist within the unique Latin. A timeline of Margarida's existence, record of characters, and kinfolk bushes supply helpful details on key humans within the tale. A map of overdue medieval Manosque can be provided.
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A Poisoned Past: The Life and Times of Margarida de Portu, a Fourteenth-Century Accused Poisoner (Thinking Historically) by Steven Bednarski