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Author Bednarski, Steven, 1973- author

Title A poisoned past : the life and times of Margarida de Portu, a fourteenth-century accused poisoner / Steven Bednarski
Published Toronto [Ontario] : University of Toronto Press, [2014]
Ottawa, Ontario : Canadian Electronic Library, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 199 pages) : illustrations
Contents List of Characters -- Timeline -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: The Microhistory and Margarida -- 1. On Microhistory and Pedagogy -- 2. A Poisoned Past -- 3. The Notary's Inheritance -- 4. A Good, Decent, True, and Honest Woman -- 5. Pieces of a Life -- Appendix I: Family Trees -- Appendix II: Transcription of Criminal Inquest -- Appendix III: Translation of Criminal Charges against Margarida de Portu
Summary "This is the story of Margarida de Portu, a fourteenth-century French medieval woman accused of poisoning her husband to death. As Bednarski points out, the story is important not so much for what it tells us about Margarida but for how it illuminates a past world. Through the depositions and accusations made in court, the reader learns much about medieval women, female agency, kin networks, solidarity, sex, sickness, medicine, and law."--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Text chiefly in English, with some in original Latin followed by English translation
Subject Portu, Margarida de, approximately 1378- -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Trials (Murder) -- France -- 14th centruy -- History
Women poisoners -- France -- 14th century -- Biography.
Women -- France -- 14th centruy -- Legal status, etc. -- History
Genre/Form Biography.
Trials, litigation, etc.
Trial and arbitral proceedings.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442604786 (electronic bk.)
9781442604780 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Life and times of Margarida de Portu, a fourteenth-century accused poisoner