Blood and Violence in Early Modern France by Stuart Carroll

By Stuart Carroll

French manners and civility have been the version for eu civilization, whereas feud is linked to backward societies. but in France hundreds of thousands of fellows died in duels within which the intended ideas of honour have been frequently flouted. during this certain and unique publication Stuart Carroll explores the character of vengeance and divulges the darkish part of Renaissance civilization.

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Flandrin, Families, 40–5. ²⁵ G. le Hardy, Étude sur la baronnie et l’abbaye d’Aunay-sur-Odon (Caen, 1897), 91–108. ²⁶ AN JJ 259 fo. 307, Nov. 1549. ²⁸ This case shows the wider kin grouping afforded children a measure of protection. While the Reformations of the sixteenth century undoubtedly lent greater legal and moral force to patriarchal authority, civil war meant the overturning of all forms of authority. ²⁹ Likewise, the new moral climate turned what were once vices into sins and demanded a stricter interpretation of the seventh commandment: concupiscence was no longer an easily absolved peccadillo, illegitimacy increasingly stigmatized.

The records in Paris were the start of the serendipitous process of pursuing the paper trail into the provinces: local judicial records and family papers were consulted to flesh the bare bones established by the Parisian material. 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.

Determined to prevent the sequestration of her property she installed herself in 1671 with her husband and favourite son in the château at Privas with sixty musketeers. When Henri arrived to take lawful possession he was mown down by a furious volley of fire. With the ¹⁸ AN JJ 263/1 fo. 101v, Mar. 1556. ¹⁹ See for example the fight over the succession of Roger de Foix in the early 1530s: AN JJ 246 fo. 118, Aug. 1553. ²⁰ BN NA Fr 21708 fo. 94, 5 June 1654. ²¹ AN JJ 263/1 fo. 115v, Mar. 1556. ²² AD Seine-Maritime 1B 3205, 19 Aug.

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