felo de se


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felo de se

The act of committing SUICIDE.
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Forced by necessity to choose one of the "versions" above the others, I have selected those that appear in their "proper context," which generally means in the final versions of the novels, though in the interest of mapping development I have focused on the earliest versions of the stories that appear in Felo de Se. No doubt, however, a certain degree of revisitation is inevitable in work as integrated as Higgins's.
Aidan Higgins's first work of fiction, Felo de Se, depicts a series of characters that are variously situated in Ireland, England, South Africa, and Germany.
This conclusion glances at the fact that the only non-capital form of voluntary homicide was homicide committed in self-defense; and this in turn restores a lost connection between se defendendo and the crime of felo de se. Late sixteenth and early seventeenth-century treatises on criminal law associate these categories in the manner described by Fernando Pulton in his De pace regis (1609):
If a man doe strike another to the ground, and then draweth his knife to kill him, and the defendant lying upon the ground draweth his knife to defend himselfe, and the assailant is so hastie to kill the defendant that hee falleth upon the defendants knife, and so is slain: In this case the assailant is felo de se, for hee had an intention to kill, though not himselfe, yet the Defendant.(65)