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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

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 9 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
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 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.