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Topic: June RAL - A Vision of Light - Chapters 8-9

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Subject: June RAL - A Vision of Light - Chapters 8-9
Date Posted: 5/30/2013 7:10 PM ET
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Discuss chapters 8-9 here. SPOILERS follow ...
Date Posted: 6/15/2013 2:40 PM ET
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I found the logic used by Margaret's accusers at the trial a little hard to follow, although I was reading quickly.  But perhaps that's the point - there wasn't much logic to the accusations and proving "guilt" was quite a convoluted process.  This section was a litle weak for me but I still continue to enjoy the book.  True, it's not a strongly plot driven book, but I like the how the period details are woven in.  And, although Margaret is kind and intelligent and has a very special gift, she isn't portrayed as an ever perfect, larger than life character but rather one who is subject to all the vulnerabilites of a woman in that society.

Last Edited on: 6/16/13 6:41 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 6/16/2013 1:06 PM ET
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There's no need for me to comment, when you say it all so perfectly! My one teensy criticism about this part is that we never get a clear idea of who was behind the push to have her arrested. There are a couple of vague references to making people jealous because of her healing & midwifery skills, but I feel like another paragraph or two of explanation somewhere along the lines would have been good.

The book - to me - really starts to pick up after her 'trial.' For one thing, the two story lines feel like they are coming closer together and for another I just LOVE her husband!

RE: proving guilt ... I don't things had improved much by the Tudor years. I'm reading The Chalice right now (& enjoying it very much). And, the only real difference I can see is that the power over life and death; over innocence or guilt rests with Cromwell & the King vs. the priests. What power the priests had - they held power over their parishioners' immortal souls, and as the only literate people in a village or town (usually), they held huge power over day-to-day lives. Who was to challenge them?



Date Posted: 7/9/2013 1:08 PM ET
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It's just shocking to me how the "trials" of a suspected witch were conducted.  It just boggle the mind!  I too was a bit disappointed that we never found out who was behind the charges against Margaret.