By Peter Tremayne
In A.D. 664, King Oswy of Northumbria has convened a synod at Whitby to listen to debate among the Roman and Celtic Christian church buildings and choose which will likely be granted primacy in his country. At stake is far various disputed issues of formality; Oswy's determination may impact the survival of both church within the Saxon kingdoms. while the Abbess Etain, a number one speaker for the Celtic church, is located murdered, suspicion falls upon the Roman faction. so as to diffuse the tensions that threaten to erupt into civil battle, Oswy turns to Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church (Irish and an recommend for the Brehon court docket) and Brother Eadulf of the Roman church (from east Anglia and of a family members of hereditary magistrates) to discover the killer. yet as extra murders ensue and a treasonous plot opposed to Oswy matures, Fidelma and Eadulf quickly locate themselves working out of time.
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They could be political leaders, command their people in battle as warriors, be physicians, local magistrates, poets, artisans, lawyers and judges. We know the name of many female judges of Fidelma's period-Brig Briugaid, Aine Ingine lugaire and Dari among many others. Dari, for example, was not only a judge but also the author of a noted law text written in the sixth century ad. Women were protected by the laws against sexual harassment; against discrimination; from rape; they had the right of divorce on equal terms from their husbands with equitable separation laws and could demand part of their husband's property as a divorce settlement; they had the right of inheritance of personal property and the right of sickness benefits.
You know this part of the country. " Taran's face expressed relief. "Sister Gwid is right. " Two The raucous voice, raised in apparent distress, caused the abbess to lift her eyes from the table, where she had been studying a page of illustrated vellum, and frown in annoyance at being disturbed. She sat in a dark, stone-flagged chamber, lit by several tallow candles placed in bronze holders around the high walls. It was day, but the single, high window admitted little light. And the room was cold and austere in spite of several colorful tapestries covering the bleaker aspects of its masonry.
It was Sister Gwid, who like Brother Taran was of the Cruthin of the north, those whom many called the Picts, who answered Fidelma. Sister Gwid knew something of the ways and the language of Northumbria, having been for several years a captive within its border. "You have much to learn of this savage place, Sister Fidelma," she began. The condescension in her voice died as Fidelma turned her fiery eyes on her. " Her voice was cold and clear like the crystal waters of a racing mountain stream.
Absolution by Murder (A Sister Fidelma Mystery) (Mystery of Ancient Ireland) by Peter Tremayne