Saturday, 27 August 2016

A gift with no strings?

Daily Draw, The Green Witch Tarot, Five of Chalices/Cups
According to Ann Moura this card can signify family squabbles over an inheritance.
five chalicesUnder new rules women of the Anglo-Norman world could be heiresses. What they could not expect to do was marry whom they pleased. Family expectations limited the freedoms of both men and women to choose their spouses. In one case a tenant of the Earl of Winchester specified in his will that his two daughter should inherit his land only if they married two brothers. The elder daughter married the elder son. However the younger son was offered a church living and decided not to marry. The result of this was that the younger daughter was sent to a nunnery.
Unwilling to accept this fate she managed to get a message to a boyfriend who arrived promptly marrying her in the convent. He then lay in wait and, just as she was being led away to a more secure institution by her furious brother-in-law, ‘abducted’ her. Cue a long process of litigation…
History is hereditary only in this way: we, all of us, inherit everything, and then we choose what to cherish, what to disavow, and what do do next, which is why it’s worth trying to know where things come from.
Jill Lepore, 1966-

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