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The Weak Case Against Le Gris In The Last Duel , Eric Jager described the events surrounding the last trial by combat fought in France. A noblewoman, Marguerite de Carrouges, accused a squire, Jacques Le Gris, of raping her while she had been staying with her mother-in-law. Her husband rose to her defense and challenged Le Gris to a trial by combat. These types of trials involved a fight to the death. Many people believed that God would intercede on behalf of the innocent. If the accused was killed he was declared guilty. If the accuser was killed he would be branded a liar and the accused would be declared innocent. In this case, Marguerite would be branded a liar and be put to death if her husband lost the duel. Le Gris and Carrouges fought at the end of 1386 and the duel resulted in Le Gris’ death. For many people this outcome confirmed that Marguerite had been raped by Le Gris. Others believed that Le Gris had been wrongly accused and unjustly slain. Jager used several sources to recreate the tale of this crime, but he relied heavily on the testimony of Carrouges. He argued that the crime occurred as Marguerite de Carrouges and her husband claimed. His argument was weakened by speculations based on a biased source, lack of evidence, and lack of analysis. Jager’s reliance on speculation came through in his passage about Le Gris hiring a man named Adam Louvel to spy on Marguerite while she stayed with her mother-in-law. The author claimed that Louvel kept “his master supplied with fresh news about Marguerite”.
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This note was uploaded on 08/01/2011 for the course HIST 121B taught by Professor Sallymckee during the Spring '11 term at UC Davis.

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