The Last Duel A True Story Of Crime Scandal And Trial By Combat In Medieval France

Author: Eric Jager
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0767914171
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The gripping, atmospheric true story of the “duel to end all duels” in medieval France: a trial by combat pitting a knight against a squire accused of violating the knight’s beautiful young wife.

When Jean de Carrouges, a Norman knight, returns from combat in Scotland to find his wife, Marguerite, accusing Jacques LeGris, her husband’s old friend and fellow courtier, of brutally raping her, the knight takes his cause before the teenage King Charles VI. Amid LeGris’s vociferous claims of innocence and doubts about the now pregnant Marguerite’s charges (and about the paternity of her child), the deadlocked court decrees a “trial by combat” that leaves her fate, too, in the balance. For if her husband and champion loses the duel, she will be put to death as a false accuser.

Carrouges and LeGris, in full armor, eventually meet on a walled field in Paris before a massive crowd that includes the king and many nobles of the realm. A fierce fight on horseback and then on foot ensues during which both combatants suffer wounds—but only one fatal. The violent and tragic episode was notorious in its own time because of the nature of the alleged crime, the legal impasse it provoked, and the resulting trial by combat, an ancient but increasingly suspect institution that was thereafter abolished.

The dramatic true story of the knight, the squire, and the lady unfolds in 1386, during the devastating Hundred Years War between France and England, as enemy troops pillage the land, madness haunts the French court, the Great Schism splits the Church, Muslim armies threaten Christendom, and rebellion, treachery, and plague turn the lives of all into toys of Fortune. Based on extensive research in Normandy and Paris, The Last Duel brings to life a colorful, turbulent age and three unforgettable characters caught in a fatal triangle of crime, scandal, and revenge. It is at once a moving human drama, a captivating detective story, and an engrossing work of historical intrigue.

The Last Duel

Author: Eric Jager
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1407070975
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The dramatic true story of the knight, the squire, and the lady unfolds during the tumultuous fourteenth century, a time of war, plague, and anarchy, as well as of honour, chivalry, and courtly love.

The Last Duel

Author: Eric Jager
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0099457237
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This text tells the gripping, atmospheric true story of the 'duel to end all duels' in medieval France - a fight to the death pitting a knight against a squire accused of violating the knight's beautiful young wife.

The Last Duel

Author: Eric Jager
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780767919616
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It is at once a moving human drama, a captivating detective story, and an engrossing work of historical intrigue. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Author: Eric Jager
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316224537
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A rich portrait of a distant world, BLOOD ROYAL is a gripping story of conspiracy, crime and an increasingly desperate hunt for the truth.

The Book Of The Heart

Author: Eric Jager
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226391168
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Reading this book broadens our appreciation of the relationship between things and ideas."—Henry Petroski, author of The Book on the Bookshelf

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Author: Eric Jager
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801480362
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Why was the story of Adam, Eve, and the Serpent so important to medieval literary culture? Eric Jager argues that during the Middle Ages the story of the Fall was incorporated into a comprehensive myth about language.

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Publisher: Quercus
ISBN: 168144383X
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Seventeen-year-old Chan's ancestors left a dying Earth hundreds of years ago, in search of a new home.

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ISBN: 0684813467
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Tells the story of Joshua, the simple, hardworking man who does beautiful carpentry and has an extraordinary effect on everyone he meets, transforming them with warmth and love

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Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307819299
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In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner ...

The Medieval World Complete

Author: Robert Bartlett
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“Covers the whole range of medieval life from cartography to castles, from the sacraments to sexuality . . . A revelation and a pleasure.” —The Scotsman