The film The Return of Martin Guerre is based on a true story about a young man, Martin Guerre, during the mid-16th century. It takes place in a small peasant town, Artigat, located in southwestern France. Martin is married off at a young age but is unhappy with his life. He decides to abandon his family and join the army. After several years gone, he finally returns to the village. The village is ecstatic of his return, especially his wife Bertrande. However after a disagreement with his uncle over land, the village begins to question whether his is truly Martin Guerre. Their skepticism proves to be accurate when finally the real Martin Guerre returns. The fake Martin, known as “Pansette” is then executed for his crime. This film illustrates the concerns and lives of the people in 16th century France, through the interplay of social, religious and political institutions. In the film, we see marriage being treated as a social matter, rather than a religious matter. During the 16th century, marriage began to be treated as secular, instead of a sacrament. Because of this parents’ control over whom their children married began to increase (Western Civilizations, 357). At a young age, Martin’s family married him off to Bertrande de Rols. Bertrande belonged to a well-off peasant family. Bertrande was chosen by Martin’s family based on what her family could offer to Martin. Her dowry included a bed, linen sheets, wool and a vineyard, among other items of value. Because marriage involved the inheritance of property, most believed it was too important of a matter to be left in the hands of the children (357). Once Martin’s father passed, Martin would inherit his family’s land. During the 16th century was the father’s role to instruct and discipline his household, while the woman was to tend to and show obedience to her husband, and also to bear children (Western Civilizations, 357). After the marriage, Bertrande moved in with Martin and his family. Martin worked
The Return of Martin Guerre
The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the book "The Return of Martin Guerre" by Natalie Zamon Davis. Specifically, it will discuss the life of the peasant during the Middle Ages. This book is a fascinating account of a true case that happened during the 16th century in France. The book is also an excellent example of how the peasants lived in the Middle Ages, from what they ate, to how they traveled and what their family lives were like.….
The Secret Life
The Return of Martin Guerre written by Natalie Davis gives the audience a rare glimpse into the world of peasant life in sixteenth century France. It also allows a modern day audience a chance to examine and to compare their own identities and questions of self. What makes the story so interesting to modern day viewers and readers is how relevant the story and the people in it are to our own times. This story is about a history of everyday people rather than royalty and generals….
The Return of Martin Guerre
History 3230: Early Modern Europe
The Return of Martin Guerre is a reconstruction of the famous case of Martin Guerre's return to the small town of Artigat in Southern France after being absent for eight years. However, "Martin" is actually an impostor named Arnaud du Tilh, or Pansette. He is accepted by his wife, family, and friends for over three years. After the so-called Martin Guerre has a dispute over family finances and the sale of some land that the family owns….
looming reformation, and an age of rebirth, the story of The Return of Martin Guerre finds its inception as a historical legal study of the day-to-day occurrences of the lives of peasants in sixteenth-century France. Natalie Zemon Davis crafts her account of the famous story from a historical perspective infused with her own psychological inferences, legal case studies, and factual details. Throughout her dissertation on the case of Martin Daguerre, Arnauld du Tilh, and Bertandre de Rols, Davis showcases….
Return of Martin Guerre
When it comes to film, there are many examples which would be considered, “historically accurate” to the time that the film is portraying. Many films such as Glory, Gettysburg, All Quiet on the Western Front, and Gods and Generals to name a few in my opinion, accurately portray the events and situations in history. When dealing with the french film, Le Retour de Martin Guerre, many aspects of the Movie that I found are historically accurate, while some of the situations….
The return of Martin Guerre is a story of a peasant who left his wife, Bertrande and his son. After several years, a man called Arnaud du Tilh impersonated Martin Guerre, stole his identity and lived under Martin’s name for three years until he became accused of this act. He almost convinced the court that he was Martin Guerre until the real Martin walked into the curt. Davis, the author of the book illustrates why Martin Guerre left his family and inheritance, how the imposter came into Bertrande’s….
The return of Martin Guerre
Martin Guerre’s family under his father Sanxi, and uncle Pierre, move from Hendaye, in Basque county to Artigate, it took them three day walk to get there the reason they left their home because of the continual threat of warfare in the region between France and Spain, the armies passing through the area and ravaging the neighborhood; the Basque country and Navarre were long source of dispute between two neighbor country.
At the age of fourteen martin married to Bertrande….
The Prince & The Return of Martin Guerre
It appears as though human beings did very little in shaping and controlling their own destinies in early modern Europe, and the works of The Prince, written by Niccolo Machiavelli in 1513 and The Return of Martin Guerre, written Natalie Zemon Davis in 1928 helps to exemplify this view. The Prince is a primary source recollection of Machiavelli’s thoughts on what makes a good ruler. He discussed his feelings on Princedom on how a prince should rule and….
“The Return of Martin Guerre” by Natalie Zemon Davis provides the read with an interesting case of a present, Arnaud du Tihl, stealing Martin Guerre identity and almost getting away with it. The story create two campus of thought on Bertrande’s motive. One side being defended by Davis, and arguing she masterminded the whole plan. While Robert Finlay arguing she was innocent. Davis argument is the most believable with too many questions and too many assumption, and to neatly package together that….
Davis retells the history of Martin Guerre and his imposture in her book The Return of Martin Guerre. One historian named Robert Finlay questions Davis’ account of the Martin Guerre story where he explains Davis’ weaknesses in his article, “The Refashioning of Martin Guerre.” To clear up Finlay’s misunderstandings, Davis writes a counter article entitled,….