By Timothy Venning
Timothy Venning's exploration of the choice paths that British background may simply have taken strikes directly to the Wars of the Roses. What if Richard of York had now not given conflict in useless? How could a victory for Warwick the Kingmaker on the conflict of Barnet replaced the process the fight for strength? What if the Princes had escaped from the tower or the Stanleys had no longer betrayed their king at Bosworth? those are only many of the attention-grabbing questions posed through this ebook.
As regularly, whereas unavoidably speculative, Dr. Venning discusses the entire eventualities in the advantage of a deep realizing of the most important using forces, tensions and traits that formed British background. In so doing, he is helping the reader to appreciate why issues panned out as they did, in addition to what could have been during this tumultuous interval.
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We can now consider the situation of women as defendants in court. Although their own legal rights were limited, women, regardless of marital status, could be sued in the same way as men. Court records show that women were sued in civil law in such matters as non-repayment of debts, violation of contract, and the illicit brewing of ale. Weavers were charged with pawning or selling their customers’ good raw silk and weaving the cloth from inferior materials. In the cities women were charged with excessive opulence of dress, forbidden by the town’s sumptuary laws.
In general, men were put to death by hanging; nobles were decapitated with an axe. Historians have repeatedly suggested that the manner chosen for the execution of women, in preference to hanging, was due to ideas of modesty: the bodies of the condemned were left hanging naked for many days to warn all malefactors, and in the opinion of the age it would not do to display the bodies of women in the same way. When in the fifteenth century execution by hanging began to be applied for women, they were hanged clothed in long garments which were tied around their ankles.
51 In addition to these secular powers, some abbesses enjoyed extensive powers in the organizational sphere in their own dioceses: they convened Church synods of the diocese, distributed benefices, approved appointments of priests within the borders of the diocese in general and in their own nunneries in particular, and ensured that the churches belonging to the nunnery paid their tithes. These powers, which did not exceed the bounds of canon law, were bestowed on the abbesses of large and prosperous nunneries.
An Alternative History of Britain: The War of the Roses by Timothy Venning