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Wine of Violence

by Priscilla Royal

Wine of Violence
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  • First Published:
    Dec 2003, 248 pages
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    Jan 2006, 248 pages

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Although Tyndal Priory and its inhabitants never existed, the Order of Fontevraud most certainly did. It was a very powerful religious institution from its founding at the turn of the twelfth century by Robert d’Arbrissel until shortly after the French Revolution. Like the Order of the Paraclete (once headed by Heloise, whose correspondence with her husband, Peter Abelard, is one of the treasures of medieval literature), Fontevraud was one of the rare Orders of double houses where a woman was in charge of both male and female monastics...... 

.......Regarding the status of women in my fictional Eleanor’s period, many of us have been told that they were considered "the weaker vessel," accorded little respect and fewer rights compared to women today. (An ...

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