Martin Guerre  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Martin Guerre, a French peasant of the 16th century, was at the center of a famous case of identity theft. Several years after he had left his family, a man claiming to be Guerre took his place and lived with Guerre's wife and son for three years. After a trial, during which the real Martin Guerre returned, the impostor was discovered and executed. The case continues to be studied and dramatized to this day.

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The unusual story has continued to fascinate and inspire many writers.




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