Mystique by Amanda Quick

By Amanda Quick

Unique e-book: 1995

A tantalizing story of a mythical knight and a headstrong woman whose bold quest for a mysterious crystal will draw them right into a whirlwind of treachery–and wish.

When the fearsome knight known as Hugh the Relentless swept into Lingwood Manor like a typhoon, each person cowered–except girl Alice. Sharp-tongued and unrepentant, the flame haired attractiveness believed Sir Hugh was once no longer somebody to dread however the solution to her desires. She knew he had come for the stunning eco-friendly crystal, knew he will be displeased to discover that it used to be now not in her ownership. but Alice had a proposition for the darkish and forbidding knight: In go back for a dowry that may loose Alice and her brother from their uncle's take hold of, she could lend her powers of detection to his warrior's abilities and jointly they'd get well his precious stone. yet while Hugh authorised her phrases, he additional a of his personal: woman Alice needs to conform to a brief betrothal–one that might quickly draw her deep into Hugh's nice stone fort, and right into a conflict which may threaten their lives...and their in simple terms probability at love.

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Edward II I naturally sought to retain this surcharg e in peacetime . H e manage d afte r 136 0 to secur e fro m parliamen t a continuou s series o f renewal s o f the wartim e rate s o f duty . 000 (73), about tw o third s of the king' s yearly revenue in these years. The direc t taxes (the lay tenths and fifteenths ) wen t o n being collected during most o f th e decad e afte r 1348 . Fo r reason s tha t ar e nowher e explained , n o attempt wa s mad e to reasses s the m afresh . A s a concessio n t o th e landowning class the kin g wa s willing , however, t o deduc t fro m th e quota s du e fro m eac h county th e fine s fo r th e breache s o f th e Statut e o f Labourer s impose d o n it s inhabitants.

THE FINANCIAL POLICIES O F ROYAL GOVERNMENTS I 85 4 VIII Between 136 9 an d 138 0 Franc e experience d muc h heavie r interna l taxatio n than England . Charles V did his best to diminish oppositio n to his fiscal policies. He wa s carefu l t o appeas e al l the majo r noble s by increasin g thei r shar e o f th e taxes levie d in their ow n lordships . H e appears t o hav e gon e beyond th e usua l practice i n also extending these concessions to municipalities. Thus the authorities of Rouen received in 137 3 a third of the town's aides ( 98), which represente d th e same proportion a s the share of most of the great barons.

As migh t b e expected , afte r th e plagu e bot h th e Englis h an d th e Frenc h governments persiste d wit h thei r warlik e policie s an d th e usua l fiscal arrange(67) MOLLA T an d WOLFF , op . , p . 112 . Se e als o belo w fo r furthe r evidenc e o f widespread poverty in France in the reig n o f Charles V (1364-80). , 1976) , p. 306 . (69) E . B . F. Meekings (London , 1978) , pp. 230-31 . (70) R . B . DOBSON , Durham Priory, 1400-1450 (Cambridge , 1973) , p . 271 . THE FINANCIAL POLICIES OF ROYAL GOVERNMENTS I 84 6 ments as if nothing had changed.

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