Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 5: Part 2: La Constantin


Read by John Van Stan

(3.1 stars; 6 reviews)

Dumas chronicles the court intrigues that led to the execution of Marie La Roux Constantin. La dame Constantin was known by French nobility in the 17th century as the “midwife to the Queen’s daughters.” This title was, in reality, a dark jest as her business was providing dangerous (often maternally fatal) abortions to women ensnared in the machinations of powerful noblemen. This case also highlights how strongly gender inequalities permeated the justice system of this time as reviews by historians, like Dr. Leigh Whaley, found La Constantin was condemned “without any tangible evidence against her.” - Summary by jvanstan (2 hr 32 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 14:22 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 2 27:13 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 3 15:51 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 4 21:16 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 5 10:43 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 6 16:41 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 7 18:55 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 8 15:22 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 9 12:28 Read by John Van Stan

Reviews

Story meh, Reader great

(2 stars)

Story was chauvinistic, vilifies pioneer for women's right to chose who was killed without hard evidence