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Isabeau's Journal

 November, 12 2005

OK, folks-this is the general forum now for questions that don't seem to fit in any of the other threads. I'm going to sort some of the earlier posts into the appropriate forums, but it might take a while, so bear with me. I'll delete the ones that have already been reposted by their authors.

Claire said: Also Fourth Age made me realise she couldn't have kids with Elrohir because cousins can't marry and Eldarion marries her daughter.

Just a quick aside: While it is true that in many countries such close relationships would prevent marriage, the same is not true for other countries or other times.

I'm from Germany, and I admit I don't know the official laws, but I think it's not allowed here. OTOH, I'm (re-)reading Jane Austen at the moment, and there are several instances where marriages between first cousins are not only not frowned upon, but openly welcomed. Examples: Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park, and (prospectively) Mr. Darcy and Lady Catherine's daughter in P&P.

And think back on all those royal intermarriges happening all over European Courts in former times...

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