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Birthright by A. Roger Ekirch
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Mar 20, 2010

really liked it

** spoiler alert ** This is one of those stranger-than-fiction stories. Real life is a lot messier than fiction, though, so unfortunately James died before he could win vindication in court, and his son didn't survive childhood. Karma apparently believes in the sins of the father because James' cousin, the son of the uncle who had him kidnapped to steal his estates, was declared illegitimate in English courts and the family's two English titles were declared obsolete. The uncle's too much of a bastard to feel sorry for, and he undoubtedly brought all his troubles on himself, but I have to wonder, if he knew he would never have an easy moment as Earl (James wasn't the only one who challenged his right to inherit) would he still have done it?

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