Freely Given

Freely Given

by Jan Scarbrough

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Freely Given by Jan Scarbrough

Freely Given is a series of four, short romances depicting the lack of control a Medieval woman experienced in choosing her marriage partner. Noble marriages were arranged by king and family. What happened if the woman did not freely give consent?

The Troubadour
Courtly love, as sung by troubadours, was often a refuge for Medieval wives. Yet, its basis was fantasy, a far cry from the harsh realities of everyday life. Will an unwilling bride find courtly love and satisfy the longings of her romantic heart?
The Novice
Can a Medieval woman who doubts her vocation to the Church find true love in an arranged marriage?

The Betrothed
Marriage based on love was foreign to the Medieval mind. Yet consent had to be freely given for a marriage to be valid. Can a reluctant bride dare refuse her betrothed without suffering the consequences?

The Duke
A trip to the British museum in London catapults a modern exchange student back in time to a tragic life shrouded in secrecy, lust, and true love.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149361588
Publisher: Saddle Horse Press
Publication date: 03/02/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 71,224
File size: 93 KB

About the Author

Jan Scarbrough is the author of the popular Bluegrass Reunion series, writing heartwarming contemporary romances about home and family, single moms and children, and if the plot allows, about another passion—horses. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books and the excitement of a horse race or a big-time, competitive horse show.

Jan also contributes to the bestselling Ladies of Legend series, a collaboration with writers Maddie James, Janet Eaves and Magdalena Scott. Set in fictitious Legend, Tennessee, these romances bring together the small town family atmosphere so many readers enjoy.

Leaving her contemporary voice behind, Jan wrote My Lord Raven. Her paranormal Gothic romance, Tangled Memories, was a Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart finalist. Timeless is her latest paranormal romance.

A member of Novelist, Inc. and RWA, Jan has published with Kensington, Five Star, ImaJinn Books, Resplendence Publishing, and Turquoise Morning Press.

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Sylleigh More than 1 year ago
Betrothal contracts rarely took love, or even mutual respect, into consideration during medieval times. Marriage wasn't seen as a bond between two individuals. It was much more cold blooded and businesslike. For the upper classes it meant combining land and fortunes, creating heirs, settling feuds between families. For the lower classes, many times it came down to survival and the simple sharing of every day chores and tasks to live.  Freely Given gives us a glimpse into this time in history through the eyes of four ladies that found themselves facing unwanted marriages. These stories are not the typical flowery romance that glosses over the lack of choices available to females. I find  the topic interesting to look back upon and enjoyed Jan's take on how four such situations may have played out.  Happily Ever After doesn't always start as a fairytale romance... 
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology of four Medieval romances.  I was reminded of what I already knew, but in a poignant way, that Medieval women had little control over their choice in a marriage partner.  These four short romances tell four different tales of what four Medieval women did in refusing to give free consent to the matchmaking their parents or sovereigns did on their behalves.  The results of their either running away or reluctantly succumbing to passion with their betrotheds or dreaming back in time with their beloved made for some wonderful stories about their wisdom, strength and passion.  I recommend this anthology highly.