The Two Faces of Martin Guerre

In 1556, a man calling himself 'Martin Guerre' had returned to his home village after disappearing without a trace for several years. He lived with Guerre's wife
and son for three years. But he was not Guerre.

On September 16, 1560, in the small French village of Artigat in the foothills of the Pyrenees, an unusually large crowd gathered to witness the execution of a young peasant. He was neither a murderer nor a thief, but a man who had tried to pull off an audacious confidence trick – and had very nearly succeeded.

A born actor, Arnaud had little difficulty in convincing the villagers that he was Martin. How did he fool Bertrande? How could a wife not know that the man she was living with was an impostor? Or did she know?


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