[LMB] Marrying out of Vor
paal at filker.org
Wed Dec 3 22:58:50 GMT 2014
I think of Heyer novels, where Lady So-and-So marries plain Mister Whoever.
Their children are of the aristocracy, but not the nobility. Some of
Heyer's lead male characters were plain Misters, and not Lord or Sir
Whoevers--related to nobles and baronets and such and part of the Society
due to male descendance or the wife's title, but if the descendants did not
marry back into the nobility, they turned into e.g. the familes such as the
Heyer heorines who were second or third cousins of nobility, and in
semi-genteel poverty and social obsurity.
And again, the UK had -some- titles which women could inherit.
From: Lois Aleta Fundis
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 10:27 PM
To: Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.
Subject: Re: [LMB] Marrying out of Vor
On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 2:01 PM, <scottwashburn at comcast.net> wrote:
> But what if (heaven forbid) a Vor woman marries a non-Vor husband?
The closest we see in the books, the one outstanding Vor woman/non-Vor man
couple, is Alys and Simon Illyan... who aren't even married, but are
obviously a couple and recognized as such by the highest of high Vor (the
Emperor and Empress, and the Vorkosigans). No one would dare consider Alys
Vorpatril "demoted", would they? And I don't remember even a tiny hint of
"they aren't married/can't marry because he's not Vor" in discussions of
their relationship by the other characters in the stories.
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