By James R. Farr
James R. Farr unearths the Giroux affair not just as a riveting homicide secret but in addition as an illuminating element of access into the dynamics of energy, justice, and legislation in seventeenth-century France. Drawing at the voluminous trial documents, Farr makes use of Giroux’s adventure within the courtroom approach to track the mechanisms of power—both the formal strength vested by way of legislation in judicial officers and the casual strength exerted by means 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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A Tale of Two Murders: Passion and Power in Seventeenth-Century France by James R. Farr