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Women of Mediæval France

Woman: in all ages and in all countries Vol. 5

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Author: Pierce Butler
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 141,329 / 405 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.8
LoC Categories: DC, HQ
Downloads: 669
Added to site: 2010.06.06
mnybks.net#: 28053
Origin: gutenberg.org
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o. Now give me your good and faithful counsel; for a certain man has asked for her' (and she must give his name). And if the seigneur say: 'I do not wish this man to have her, for so-and-so, who is richer and of better rank than the one you have named, has asked me for her, and will take her willingly' (and he shall name the man); or if the relatives on the father's side say: 'We know a richer and a better man than either of those you have named to us' (and they shall name him); then shall they deliberate and choose the best of the three and the one most advantageous to the demoiselle. And he who is chosen as the best should be really thought so, for no one should make a mockery of law. And if the lady marry her daughter without the consent of her seigneur and of the relatives on the father's side, after she had been forbidden to do so, she shall lose her movable goods," on which the seigneur is given the power of distraint. There is in this enactment elaborate provision for satisfying everybody but the perso

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