In summary, the organizers of the Domus and Familia strand of the 2001 International Medieval Congress have significantly extended medieval scholarship. The resulting volumes, essential to any university library with a medieval collection, offer excellent models of contemporary scholarly method and use of evidence, and are thus a valuable resource for teachers and researchers in medieval social and cultural studies. Kathleen Troup Department of History University of Melbourne Farr, James R., A Tale of Two Murders: Passion and Power in Seventeenth-Century France, Durham/London, Duke University Press, 2005; paper; xiv, 225; 16 b/w illustrations; R.R.P. US$21.95; ISBN 0822334712. In the hands of some historians this book could have become A Tangled Tale of Two Murders, but in the capable hands of James R. Farr the tale has been admirably untangled. To state that the tale needs untangling would be an understatement, for it has layers of complexity overlaying layers of complexity. It begins in Dijon on 6 September 1638, when the nobleman Pierre Baillet and his valet Philibert Neugot disappeared. According to some rumours the two had departed for Paris or Italy and possibly encountered bloodthirsty bandits. Other rumours implicated another nobleman, Philippe Giroux, who was Baillet's cousin and
Parergon – Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)
Published: Jan 10, 2006
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