The Return of Martin Guerre

by

Natalie Zemon Davis

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Guillaume Le Sueur Character Analysis

Guillaume Le Sueur, like Jean de Coras, was also an eyewitness to the trial who wrote a published account of the story of Martin Guerre. Le Sueur’s book, Admiranda historia (1561), is mostly a straightforward news pamphlet, but it also draws a moral at the end. Davis argues that people like Le Sueur looked to the case to provide appropriate moral lessons for readers.
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Guillaume Le Sueur Character Timeline in The Return of Martin Guerre

The timeline below shows where the character Guillaume Le Sueur appears in The Return of Martin Guerre. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10
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After the trial, both Coras and another Toulouse lawyer, Guillaume Le Sueur , began writing their version of events. Le Sueur was a little-known author of some... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Le Sueur ’s book about the case, Admiranda historia (published in 1561) is a straightforward news pamphlet... (full context)
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...nature of proof, and social problems like child marriage and spousal abandonment. Both Coras and Le Sueur may have found that the story contained a Protestant message. They dedicated their books to... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Le Sueur ’s book followed what Davis calls the “expected path” of a news pamphlet—it became more... (full context)