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Janie Riley is an avid genealogist with a habit of stumbling on to dead bodies. She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother. But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret. Can she solve the mysteries of the past and the present before disaster strikes? Available now on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca

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Life in 16th and 17th Century Amsterdam Holland: Women & Legal Rights

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“The man is head of the family, but the woman is the neck, that allows the head to move” is something my mother used to say, but I did find this expression in old publications too. Although the Church demanded absolute obedience to their husband it is obvious the Dutch women had a strong will of their own. Why Dutch women distinguished themselves from for instance German and French women is hard to say. Maybe education, the jurisdiction and upbringing did make a difference.

The Dutch legal system in the 17th century allowed a woman to institute legal proceedings against somebody, even against her husband. If she was unmarried and had not reached the age of adulthood (25) she needed a guardian. An unmarried pregnant woman could persecute the alleged father in a paternity procedure. She could force him to marry her and if he was already married she could demand a dowry, payment of childbirth costs, an allowance for the child and she had a good chance of winning. Knowing she had the law on her side made a woman stand stronger in life.

The upbringing could be another positive contribution to her independent attitude. For the Dutch it is hard to determine on what points the behavior of Dutch women differ so much from her European sisters, but reading the travel reports of French and English visitors make it much clearer.

John Ray, the English naturalist and indefatigable traveler, was disconcerted, when he saw it was customary for married women of the upper-crust to kiss a male acquaintance who came to visit them and kiss him again as he was leaving. Kissing in public, frank conversations, walks without chaperone were considered shocking and improper, especially by the French, but were quite common for the Dutch.

A diplomat visiting Mayor Gerrit Hooft’s home around 1735 met the Mayor’s seventeen-year-old daughter Hester “being the most beautiful girl I have ever seen, except for her teeth”. After dinner she asked her father if the guest could accompany her to the theater and her father agreed. He was appalled, that they were allowed without any chaperone. “Returning home, before getting off the coach, she thanked me for a lovely evening and she kissed me, without any double meaning, cheerful and laughing, leaving me in utter astonishment”.

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