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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It became possible to request a delay of the phase of the inquest in which
objections to witnesses were to be lodged , in order to allow a party time to
develop and justify his reproches . Meanwhile , however , the inquest itself would
go forward ...
In mid - sixteenth - century practice , according to Imbert , the confrontation with
the accused and the concurrent objections of witnesses virtually never preceded
the production of the deposition . Essentially following the ordinance of 1539 ...
And it is at this moment , and only at this moment , that the accused could
propose his objections to the witness . In other words , it was only after witness
testimony had already assumed written ( and often substantially edited ) form that