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  • Collection: The Return of Martin Guerre (Le Retour de Martin Guerre, 1982)

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Martin Guerre abandons his wife and family, not to be seen from again for years until a mysterious man arrives in his village claiming to be the returned Martin. The imposter is brought to court, where his silver-tongue nearly persuades the judges of…

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This c. 1567 painting, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, depicts the marriage celebration of a peasant woman (by the green drape). All weddings are a time for both sides of the family to rejoice, but often the elders of the family speak with a notary to…

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This mid-sixteenth-century woodcut from Praxis Criminis Persequendi demonstrates how popular a practice torture was in certain judicial settings. Judges could pressure the incarcerated to reveal the truth, or if they have already been convicted, can…

After delivering a verdict on this case, Jean de Coras considered it so peculiar that he published his own account of the proceedings and description of the parties in his book Arrest Memorable. The judges had a tough time deliberating a case of…
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