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Murder by AccidentMedieval Theater, Modern Media, Critical Intentions$
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Jody Enders

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226207834

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226207858.001.0001

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Behind the Seen: All Hell Breaks Loose

Behind the Seen: All Hell Breaks Loose

(p.29) 1 Behind the Seen: All Hell Breaks Loose
Murder by Accident

Jody Enders

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the case of stagehand Guillaume Langlois who in March 1830 was obliged to account for his role in the accidental death by cannon-fire of his friend and colleague Jehan Hemont. It discusses Langlois' recollection of the events and King Charles' decision to absolve him of all criminal wrongdoing in the fatal accident that had caused the death of his friend Jehan. This chapter explains that this case raised serious legal questions about liability, responsibility and morality at the theater and it is also relevant to the four types of intentionality, which include actual, achieved, declared, and perceived intentions.

Keywords:   Guillaume Langlois, accidental death, cannon-fire, Jehan Hemont, stagehand, theater, liability, intentionality, responsibility, morality

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