Witnesses, Neighbors, and Community in Late Medieval Marseille
In late medieval Marseille, large segments of society showed up in court - fishmongers, sailors, widows, maids, petty lenders, Jews, and Christians - where they argued, cursed, charged, and counter-charged. In the process, they pushed aside Roman and municipal laws to construct their own vernacular code of morality. Witnesses, Neighbors, and Community in Late Medieval Mars...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published March 7th 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Feb 20, 2014 Kristin rated it 4 of 5 stars
A really engaging book about how witness testimony in late medieval court cases was, in effect, the community's way of passing judgment on the litigants, determining whether their behavior followed socially acceptable norms. McDonough smoothly bypasses the fact that the judge's pronouncements in these cases have not survived by revealing that the community's pronouncements, seen through this witness testimony, are even more valuable to us in highlighting the values and standards of late medieval...more