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The Dove of Death by Peter Tremayne
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Sep 21, 13

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Read from October 16 to November 26, 2011

#20 in the Sister Fidelma series. 7th century Ireland had a system of laws that were light years ahead of its time (the Dark Ages). Their provisions concerning women were better than any country (including the U.S.) in 2011. There were protections against domestic abuse, divorce, rape, child molestation, etc. Family bonds were emphasized along with loyalty to one's clan. Succession of clan leadership (and even kingship!) were not based upon the oldest son but rather voted in based on the vote of three levels of family members. These stories deal with these laws and how violations of them were dealt with by the dalaighs (officers of the courts). To gain the best picture of the Irish society of the time and how the laws were administered it is best to start with book #1 and read them in the correct order. This series (and the author) have received world-wide acclaim and there's even a Sister Fidelma fan club and web site!
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