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    The story, The Return of Martin Guerre, by Natalie Zemon Davis is an interesting tale of impersonation and deception. In the story, Bertrande de Rols thoughtfully uses the stereotypes of women to her advantage. Women in the time of this story were thought of the lesser gender; Bertrande benefitted from this idea as she tried to create the life and the marriage that she desired in a world where a woman’s opinion was not often considered. In the very beginning of The Return of Martin Guerre, Bertrande de Rols and Martin Guerre are married. Marriage was typical and expected of women in this day; it was considered an important and defining moment is a woman’s life as it decided what type of future she would have. Marriage was also a tool used…

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    The story of Martin Guerre has traversed centuries and borders. The Return of Martin Guerre (Daniel Vigne, 1982) is an adaptation of a true story of a southern sixteenth-century French village. This film has received attention from historical scholars, mainly because a well-established historian, Natalie Zemon Davis, was a “conseiller historique for the film” (Benson 49). Davis also generated her own academic history of the story after her experience as a consultant. She claims the film had…

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    The story of Martin Guerre has traversed centuries and borders. Daniel Vigne told this story with the modern film “The Return of Martin Guerre.” This film has received attention from historical scholars mainly because a well-established historian, Natalie Zamon Davis, was a consultant in the development of this film. Davis also generated her own academic history of the same story after her experience as a consultant. She claimed that after the film gave little consideration to historical facts…

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    The film The Return of Martin Guerre details the story of Martin Guerre, a peasant living in 16th century France, who disappears after being accused of stealing sacks of grain by his father. After leaving his wife, Bertrande, and son, Sanxi, for eight years he returns from fighting in the Hundred Years' War. However, doubts arise on whether he is truly Martin or not when three men wandering into the village identify him as Arnaud du Tilh who fought alongside Martin in the war. Martin's uncle…

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    Davis calls her piety into question, even claiming that it is extremely possible that she may have turned toward Protestantism in light of the situation. She has very little support for this opinion, and it is most likely a biased conclusion she drew in order to support her claims. Her questionable reasoning for this thought is that Bertrande may have used the differences between the Catholic and Protestant Churches regarding the institution of marriage to her benefit in The Return of Martin…

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    Natalie Zemon Davis successfully unearths and retells the famous case of Martin Guerre, a peasant from sixteenth century France who returns home to find that another man, Arnaud du Tilh, has stolen his identity and claimed his wife, Bertrande de Rols, and his property. Davis’ uses two primary sources to influence her writing. The book, “Arreste Memorable” by Judge Jean de Coras and “The Admirable History of the Pseudo-Martin” by the lawyer Guillaume La Sueur. In addition, digs through court and…

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    One of the foremost controversial arguments that Davis constructs regarding Bertrand de Rols is that she did, in fact, know that Arnauld du Tilh was not her genuine husband. Davis draws this conclusion from principally circumstantial evidence and crafty inference on her part. One of the chief historical documents, Coras’ Arrest Memorable, that she cites actually states the precisely opposite conclusion. Coras draws the reasonable conclusion that Bertrande knew nothing of the ingenious…

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    is Guillaume La Sueur and his book called "the Admirable History of the Pseudo-Martin". Natalie Davis author also uses different secondary sources to find out the descriptive and detailed parts of the story. Also, Davis seeks to deeply analyze the social conditions of that time period, that could produce such a very strange act. Was it social condition or the religious belief, that impacted their life and interfered with that…

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    In her piece, the Return of Martin Guerre, Zemon Davis adopts a micro-history approach to address her concern that very little is known “about [medieval] peasants’ hopes and feelings … [and] the ways in which they experienced the constraints and possibilities in their lives.” Zemon Davis asks, "[one] often [thinks] of peasants as not having had much in the way of choices, but is this in fact true? Did individual villagers ever try to fashion their lives in unusual and unexpected ways?" It…

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    accomplishments had been made, no great art produced, no great leaders born.”(History.com Staff) Despite this lack of accomplishment the people of the Middle Ages did have one great driving force: their faith. These were a time in which people often turned to God and religion to repent, question and hope. Through evidence in the novel Year of Wonders, the film the Return of Martin Guerre and the class resources, a compelling argument can be made that the middle ages were overrun by faith and…

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