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Title:The Fragility of History
Author(s):Godwin, Katherine
Abstract:This image is of a bound set of court records from 1501-1502 in Rouen, France. It has been badly damaged by insects and is a sobering reminder of how easy it is to lose the materials we rely on to interpret the past and make sense of our present. It forces us to continually question how representative our evidence is and to take steps to preserve what we have. Court records from Rouen, like these, make up the core of my research into daily life and legal culture in the early 1500s in France. They reveal how ordinary people mobilized resources and contributed to the development of the state's institutions.
Issue Date:2015-04
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Katherine Godwin
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-04-20

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