In fact, this incident aroused the barons so mightily that women's rights (or specifically heiresses', widows' and noblewomen's rights) were addressed in the Magna Carta.
This often overlooked fact is an intriguing one. The incident involved William de Braose's wife Maud and their eldest son, both of whom were imprisoned by John, shoved into a hole in the floor of a dungeon and starved to death. While historians debate where this occurred, they are agreed it did. The barons' outrage at John's treatment of Maud provided the impetus to forge an alliance among them. They forced their liege lord to agree to the document proclaiming women's rights as well as many others.
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Defying his king, Geoffrey St. Claire invades a dungeon to save the woman he loves from cruel death. This time, he vows, he will save her and make her love him—or die trying.
Countess Katherine Harleigh knew her refusal to become King John's lover courted his punishment. But she never thought he'd try to starve her. Cast into a dungeon—widowed, alone and disgraced—Kat fears no one can save her. Not even the one knight who always promised to love and protect her.
Geoffrey St. Claire serves his Sire as loyally as a sane man can. But when John imprisons the one woman Geoff has always adored, he risks his lands and his life to ride to her rescue. Yet, he knows she will never welcome his aid. She hates him too much for deserting her years ago. But he will not leave her this time.
|Book 2 in SWORDS OF PASSION|
|Book 1 in SWORDS OF PASSION|
In this series, you glimpse all the challenges a woman faced in that period.
AT HER SERVICE tells the tale of a woman whose older titled husband is dying...and who must bear an heir "by him" or lose her rights to hold his land after his demise. Who does her husband choose to sire his successor? None other than the man whom she once loved and who was forbidden her.
In the second book in the series, FOR HER HONOUR, you see the challenge of a woman who has inherited her husband's lands and title (different type of inheritance rules in this earl's family) and now she is forced by King John to marry a younger man, actually a callow youth. When she shows her reluctance, John sends one of his retainers to escort her to the wedding. What ensues?
Ah. You must read them all!