As she leaned against the stone rail of the balcony her stern features, which many said were as solid and steady as the banister she leaned upon seemed to relax as though she were thinking about thoughts that were much more pleasant than her earlier ones. And in truth she was. While she was still thinking about a war that had ended forty years ago, she was also thinking about its lasting consequences.
One of the consequences was that women were no longer considered property. Women now had the legal right to vote, bear arms, inherit legacies, own property, and generally do all that a man could do – unless they were in the church, though the woman on the balcony felt that venerable hall would one day change as well. Those changes also included holding a seat in the House of Nobles. In fact the only thing a woman couldn’t inherit was the Crown. Too many Nobles had objected to the mere thought of a female monarch that they had threatened open revolt to any that was crowned.
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