Because the mentally ill could not seek pardon from the king on their own behalf, getting letters of remission for the mad involved the extended family. Thus, entire kin networks participated in the legal process. Through these letters, petitioners actively imagined themselves as partaking in larger communities, as well as in their villages and neighborhoods. Individuals and groups interacted with the legal system, negotiating with royal notaries in Paris who helped them forge their narratives. As a result, the madness of individuals played a role in engaging people with legal mechanisms and proto-national identity constructs, as petitioners sought the king's mercy as an alternative to local justice.Problems with the imagination generally produced visions, problems with the memory caused forgetfulness, and problems ... the sinner explain whether he committed the sin aquot;knowinglyaquot; or aquot;ignorantlyaquot;: aquot;doit le pecheur dire la condica#39;ion du pechie. . .; sa#39;il le fist ... Stephen A. Barney et al (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 111. 26 Klibansky, Panofsky, and Saxl, Saturn and Melancholy, 93.
|Title||:||Madness in the Realm: Narratives of Mental Illness in Late Medieval France|
|Author||:||Aleksandra Nicole Pfau|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|