The Invention of the Eyewitness: Witnessing and Testimony in Early Modern France
In an examination of eyewitness travel writing in thirteenth- through sixteenth-century France, Andrea Frisch studies the figure of the witness at a historical juncture and in a cultural context in which that figure is generally thought to have begun to assume a recognizably modern form and function.
Whereas most accounts of early modern travel literature tend to read modern presuppositions about witnessing and testimony back into the material, Frisch approaches the early modern witness in terms of the cultural legacy of the Middle Ages. Through primary readings in law and theology, Frisch documents the tension between the ethical witness (the characteristic witness of premodernity) and the epistemic witness (the modern witness) and explores the impact of that tension on the figure of the witness in pre- and early modern French-language travel literature.
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Ultimately , then , both the juridical legitimacy and the credibility of the witness
rested on ethical criteria applied to him at the time he testified . MANDEVILLE ' S
CHRISTIAN ETHOS authoritat " Neith Fites in 1 ( 3 ) . ħ Mary B . Campbell writes
All of this ensures that , even while he transmits the East to his European
audience , Mandeville is never identified as anything other than a western
Christian . In a rather transparent move near the end of the account , the Egerton
text further ...
Indeed , within the account itself , Polo is rarely identifiable as a medieval
Christian . Viewed from the perspective of medieval law , this fact , more than the
status of Polo ' s account as innovative or derivative , most likely determined the ...