By James R. Farr

ISBN-10: 0822334593

ISBN-13: 9780822334590

ISBN-10: 0822334712

ISBN-13: 9780822334712

As scandalous as any modern day megastar homicide trial, the “Giroux affair” was once a maelstrom of intrigue, encompassing daggers, poison, adultery, archenemies, servants, royalty, and criminal court cases that reached the head of seventeenth-century French society. In 1638 Philippe Giroux, a pass judgement on within the optimum royal court docket of Burgundy, allegedly murdered his both robust cousin, Pierre Baillet, and Baillet’s valet, Philibert Neugot. The murders have been the entire extra surprising simply because they have been surrounded through accusations (particularly that Giroux have been wearing on a passionate affair with Baillet’s wife), conspiracy theories (including allegations that Giroux attempted to poison his mother-in-law), and unexplained deaths (Giroux’s spouse and her doctor died less than suspicious circumstances). The trial lasted from 1639 until eventually 1643 and got here to contain some of the such a lot amazing and influential males in France, between them the prince of Condé, Henri II Bourbon; the best minister, Cardinal Richelieu; and King Louis XIII.

James R. Farr unearths the Giroux affair not just as a riveting homicide secret but additionally as an illuminating element of access into the dynamics of energy, justice, and legislations in seventeenth-century France. Drawing at the voluminous trial documents, Farr makes use of Giroux’s adventure within the court docket method to track the mechanisms of power—both the formal energy vested via legislations 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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