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By Christina Dodd

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BOUND by means of THE KING ...

The rfile, signed and sealed by way of King Henry himself, commanded girl Juliana of Lofts to marry Raymond, count number of Avrache.

SHATTERED by means of THE previous ...

She refused, although it was once treason to defy one's king. What guy could have her if he knew her secrets?

ONE KNIGHT may campaign FOR HIS LADY'S center ...

Yet Raymond wouldn't be denied. And while he got here for her, she'd research that even the most powerful will can't face up to the softest contact.

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For most people this early entry into the world of adults meant working on the fields or in a craftsman's business. Noble families, too, m a d e important decisions for the future education of their children at the age of seven. To prevent the estate being divided, a lot of children were committed to the care of a m o n a s tery, and handicapped children were often also destined for life in a monastery. Since it was common for novices to be accepted by m o n a s teries only if the family made a donation, the monasteries were i n h a b ited exclusively by members of the nobility, for w h o else b u t they was able to fulfil this condition!

Through inheritance it had become the common possession of several noblemen. The Age of Chivalry was also a period associated with castles. A lot of castles were built during the high Middle A g e s - s o many, in fact, that we can almost say it was the policy of the nobility. Aristocratic castles were an expression of the power of large families and were ruling instruments, not only symbolically but in actual fact. They were administered by nihiisteriales, built by villeins in thousands of days of service for the feudal lord in three to seven years.

Meals were eaten in a communal refectory; the main meal was at twelve o'clock, but d u r i n g periods of fasting it was not served until the evening. Food was plentiful and varied, as can be seen from the accounts. Meals w e r e even more sumptuous on feast-days. Looked at from a modern point of view, monastery life was rather unhealthy - unlike knights, monks w e r e not allowed to live out their emotions sufficiently. However, hygiene was taken very seriously. The rule prescribed a daily wash, on Saturdays the whole body and at Christmas a n d Easter a bath - which was a lot for those days.

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