The Return of Martin Guerre


Natalie Zemon Davis

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Martin’s Wooden Leg

After Martin Guerre fled his home village, he served in the Spanish military and lost his leg while fighting against his native country, France. The wooden leg that replaced Martin’s lost leg ironically came to…

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The Carnival Mask

In sixteenth-century French peasant communities, the villagers frequently hosted carnivals in which people could dress up as others using costumes and masks, taking on other identities—even just for an evening. In Davis’s reading, the mask…

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