A Plague of Poison (Templar Knight Mystery, Book 3) by Maureen Ash

By Maureen Ash

New within the ?terrific?( NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING writer JAYNE ANN KRENTZ) Templar Knight secret series.

whilst a cake kills a squire, the citadel governor enlists the aid of Templar Bascot de Marins. yet as homicide spreads past the citadel partitions, he wonders whether it is in truth the paintings of a deadly grasp of toxins.

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On this question see also Blamires, Viator 26 (1995), 135–52. Blamires, Viator 26 (1995), 147f. 75 Sheehan, SMRH 1 (1978), 24; Schnell, Sexualität, pp. 361f. Women in the Middle Ages 21 equality is most marked, calling into question any extremist view that medieval theology acknowledged only a subordinate position for women in marriage. 76 An objective purpose served by marriage was derived from Gen. 78 The inclusion of this last, more personal motive amongst the ‘secondary causes’ (causae secundae) of marriage is in agreement with what Schnell has postulated as the causes of love (causae amoris)79 and opens the way for more personal considerations, less dominated by collective or legal implications.

95–7. Power, Women, p. 31. Shahar, Estate, p. 132; Duby, Knight, p. 236. In a lai by Marie de France King Arthur distributes lands and wives to ensure the loyalty of vassals thus rewarded (Lanval 13–17). Women in the Middle Ages 25 In either case, whether from father to husband or from lord to vassal, the woman was passed, together with her land, from man to man with little regard for her own wishes. It is clear that the dynastic-political considerations dictating such arranged marriages are highly impersonal, leaving the individual preferences of the partners very much on one side.

That may be an exaggeration, but it points in the same direction as my argument. Duby, Orders, passim. 86 Freidank, Bescheidenheit 27, 1. Schnell, Sexualität, p. 76. 88 Berschin, ‘Herrscher’, p. 129. Gilbertus, De statu ecclesiae, PL 159, 997 (quoted by Duby, Orders, p. 287). Women in the Middle Ages 23 This marginalisation of women finds expression in numerous ways in secular society. 90 In law, too, women were disadvantaged. 94 Nor should it surprise us that, in a society in which the dice were so weighted against women, a double standard could prevail in sexual matters, granting men a licence, before and in marriage, unthinkable in the case of women if their virginity and the certainty of rightful heirs were to be guaranteed.

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