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The Last Duel: A True Story Of Crime, Scandal, And Trial By Combat In Medieval France
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Broadway Books
Publication date September 13, 2005
Pages 242
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780767914178
ISBN-10 0767914171
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.40 lbs.
Original list price $14.99
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Summary
An evocative account of a true case of scandal, crime, and justice in medieval France pits a Norman knight against an old friend and fellow courtier whom his wife had accused of raping her, a case that led to accusations in the highest courts, a deadlocked trial, and sanctioned battle to the death that held everyone's fate in the balance. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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.

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Hardcover
from Broadway Books (October 1, 2004)
9780767914161 | details & prices | 242 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Presents a case of scandal, crime, and justice in medieval France, where a Norman knight returns from Scotland and finds his wife accusing an old friend and fellow courtier of raping her, the consequences of which led to a battle to the death.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Broadway Books (September 13, 2005)
9780767914178 | details & prices | 242 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $14.99
About: An evocative account of a true case of scandal, crime, and justice in medieval France pits a Norman knight against an old friend and fellow courtier whom his wife had accused of raping her, a case that led to accusations in the highest courts, a deadlocked trial, and sanctioned battle to the death that held everyone's fate in the balance.
Miscellaneous
from Broadway Books (October 12, 2004)
9780767919616 | details & prices | List price $14.99

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