Thursday, December 20, 2012

Queens, Concubines & Ordinary People

Did you know that there are no women fighting for crowns, and very few women are named in the Chronicles of the Kings of Man and the Isles?
Women are not entirely absent from the record, but their description is often far from complimentary.
The Chronicles state that when rumours spread of an imminent attack on the church at Maughold, the ‘weaker sex with disshevelled hair ran about…uttering lamentations and crying at the tops of their voices’.
In the kingdom monogamy was not expected and although the church disapproved, many of the ruling elite took a liberal view to marriage.
The Chronicles tell the stories of the Kings of Man and the Isles but, like Queens, very little mention is made of ordinary people.

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