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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Trio for Blunt Instruments
Rex Stout
Progress: 20 %
A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael
Ellis Peters
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %

The Last Duel

The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France - Eric Jager

This was an interesting glimpse of 14th century France through the prism of an infamous scandal, where a Norman knight accused one of his rivals of raping his wife.  In the resulting court-ordered duel (the last in France, and one of the last in western Europe) at least one of them will die; if the knight loses, he will not die alone, however.  His wife, who will have been found by God to have been a false witness, will burn at the stake.


Was the rival guilty of rape?  Was he set up?  Still not clear over 500 years later, though Eric Jager leans one way, as is fairly clear in the text.  But an interesting story.