The Hanged Man By Robert Bartlett Essay

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Throughout history, there are lesser-known occurrences in which Historians can make assertions about the society in that time period as a whole. The conviction, execution and alleged resurrection of William Cragh is one such occurrence. In The Hanged Man, Robert Bartlett writes of a man who was executed, but allegedly rose from the dead in the Middle Ages. The story of William Cragh is not only a riveting anecdote, but also, an insightful look at the legal system of the Middle Ages. The Hanged Man helps to explain the relationship between England and Wales, the legal process that led to hanging, as well as societal perceptions of criminals and outlaws in the Medieval Period. Robert Bartlett is able to present a complicated historical event through the language of an everyday person. The Hanged Man is a great example of accessible historical nonfiction, bringing an understanding of the Middle Ages to a broad audience. Bartlett’s book revolves around William Cragh, who was hanged for his crimes in the late 1200s. Shortly after his hanging, Cragh came back to life and was proclaimed to be a miracle. The sources that Bartlett uses to construct his historical narrative are not records of the trial or the crime. But rather, Bartlett uses records from the canonization process of Thomas de Cantilupe. This is because the miracle of Cragh’s resurrection was done through the intervention of Thomas de Cantilupe. While the story of William Cragh is extremely interesting by itself,

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