James R. Farr's A Tale of Two Murders: Passion and Power in PDF

By James R. Farr

ISBN-10: 0822334593

ISBN-13: 9780822334590

ISBN-10: 0822334712

ISBN-13: 9780822334712

As scandalous as any modern day star homicide trial, the “Giroux affair” used to be a maelstrom of intrigue, encompassing daggers, poison, adultery, archenemies, servants, royalty, and criminal complaints that reached the top of seventeenth-century French society. In 1638 Philippe Giroux, a pass judgement on within the maximum royal courtroom of Burgundy, allegedly murdered his both strong cousin, Pierre Baillet, and Baillet’s valet, Philibert Neugot. The murders have been all of the extra surprising simply because they have been surrounded by way of accusations (particularly that Giroux were wearing on a passionate affair with Baillet’s wife), conspiracy theories (including allegations that Giroux attempted to poison his mother-in-law), and unexplained deaths (Giroux’s spouse and her health practitioner died lower than suspicious circumstances). The trial lasted from 1639 till 1643 and got here to contain some of the such a lot exclusive and influential males in France, between them the prince of Condé, Henri II Bourbon; the best minister, Cardinal Richelieu; and King Louis XIII.

James R. Farr finds the Giroux affair not just as a riveting homicide secret but additionally as an illuminating element of access into the dynamics of energy, justice, and legislations in seventeenth-century France. Drawing at the voluminous trial documents, Farr makes use of Giroux’s event within the court docket approach to track the mechanisms of power—both the formal strength vested via legislations in judicial officers and the casual strength exerted by way of the the Aristocracy via patron-client relationships. He doesn't take a place on Giroux’s guilt or innocence. in its place, he permits readers to attract their very own conclusions approximately who did what to whom on that ill-fated night in 1638.

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