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Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media. If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate. Document type :. All fields required. Please refresh and try again! Steffaney C. Smith What a great bibliography for those wanting Game of Throne read-alikes. Love that plot twist This should help keep it in print!! Pierce's popular novel introducing Alanna, the fiery red-haired girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to train as a knight, has been repackaged as a handy paperback-sized hardcover.

This new edition will attract new readers to the fantasy, which is as enjoyable today as when it was first published twenty years ago. Only Daine can sense the presence of the immortals--evil creatures under the control of the country's enemies--and in a burst of glory, she saves the kingdom from invasion. Lively, well-written, suspenseful fantasy.

Pierce, Tamora First Test pp. In this spinoff of the two previous series set in Tortall, ten-year-old Keladry must prove herself capable of succeeding as the first official female page in the rigorous training program at the castle.

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Determined to defend those weaker than herself, Kel befriends animals and battles bullies, as well as the monstrous spidren. Pierce has created a bold heroine ready to face new adventures. Sequels: Page , Squire , and Lady Knight. Pierce, Tamora Trickster's Choice pp. Alianne, daughter of the woman-knight Alanna from Pierce's Song of the Lioness quartet, finds herself to be the brains behind a large operation conspiring to return the Copper Isles' subjugated native class to power. Pierce convincingly portrays a girl raised to espionage and combat, but secondary characters are less convincing.

Readers hooked on Pierce's spunky heroines will have more adventures to anticipate in this new quartet. Sequel: Trickster's Queen. Pierce, Tamora Terrier pp.

Sword-and-sorcery meets police procedural. Set some two hundred or so years before the Song of the Lioness Quartet, this new series introduces readers to sixteen-year-old Beka Cooper, a Puppy trainee in Corus's Guard who narrates her story via a diary. Perhaps the book's greatest strength is its raw portrayal of the fine line between law and lawlessness. Sequels: Bloodhound and Mastiff. Random Almost every tale spins on a girl surmounting barriers to come into her power. Theft was impossible at Sparta, where all property was common.

What you call theft was the punishment of avarice. It was forbidden for a man to marry his sister at Rome. It is not without regret that I cite the small and wretched nation of the Jews, who certainly ought never to be considered as a rule for any person, and who—setting aside religion—were never anything better than an ignorant, fanatical, and plundering horde. All these cases amount to mere laws of convention, arbitrary usages, transient modes. What is essential remains ever the same.

Point out to me any country where it would be deemed respectable or decent to plunder me of the fruits of my labor, to break a solemn promise, to tell an injurious lie, to slander, murder, or poison, to be ungrateful to a benefactor, or to beat a father or mother presenting food to you. Have you forgotten that Jean Jacques, one of the fathers of the modern Church, has said that the first person who dared to enclose and cultivate a piece of ground was an enemy of the human race; that he ought to be exterminated; and that the fruits of the earth belonged to all, and the land to none?

Have we not already examined this proposition, so beautiful in itself, and so conducive to the happiness of society? Who is this Jean Jacques? For, instead of damaging and spoiling the estate of a wise and industrious neighbor, he had only to imitate him, and induce every head of a family to follow his example, in order to form in a short time a most flourishing and happy village.

The author of the passage quoted seems to me a thoroughly unsocial animal. You are of opinion, then, that by insulting and plundering the good man, for surrounding his garden and farmyard with a quick-set hedge, he has offended against natural law. Yes, most certainly; there is, I must repeat, a natural law; and it consists in neither doing ill to another, nor rejoicing at it, when from any cause whatsoever it befalls him. I conceive that man neither loves ill nor does it with any other view than to his own advantage.

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But so many men are urged on to obtain advantage to themselves by the injury of another; revenge is a passion of such violence; there are examples of it so terrible and fatal; and ambition, more terrible and fatal still, has so drenched the world with blood; that when I survey the frightful picture, I am tempted to confess, that a man is a being truly diabolical. I may certainly possess, deeply rooted in my heart, the notion of what is just and unjust; but an Attila, whom St.

Leon extols and pays his court to; a Phocas, whom St. Gregory flatters with the most abject meanness; Alexander VI. Well; but should the knowledge that storms are coming prevent our enjoying the beautiful sunshine and gentle and fragrant gales of the present day?

Did the earthquake that destroyed half the city of Lisbon prevent your making a very pleasant journey from Madrid? If Attila was a bandit, and Cardinal Mazarin a knave, are there not some princes and ministers respectable and amiable men? Does not the idea of just and unjust still exist? It is in fact on this that all laws are founded. Have you no laws in your country? Where could you have taken the idea of Edition: current; Page: [ 64 ] them, but from the notions of natural law which every well-constructed mind has within itself?

They must have been derived from these or nothing. You are right; there is a natural law, but it is still more natural to many people to forget or neglect it. It is natural also to be one-eyed, humpbacked, lame, deformed, and sickly; but we prefer persons well made and healthy.

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It is, say the doughty lawyers, the fundamental law of the French Empire. He asserts that the kingdom of France is so excellent that it has religiously preserved this law, Edition: current; Page: [ 65 ] recommended both by Aristotle and the Old Testament. It must be acknowledged that this decision is not a little uncivil to Spain, England, Naples, and Hungary, and more than all the rest to Russia, which has seen on its throne four empresses in succession. The kingdom of France is of great nobility; no doubt it is; but those of Spain, of Mexico, and Peru are also of great nobility, and there is great nobility also in Russia.

It has been alleged that Sacred Scripture says the lilies neither toil nor spin; and thence it has been inferred that women ought not to reign in France. This certainly is another instance of powerful reasoning; but it has been forgotten that the leopards, which are—it is hard to say why—the arms of England, spin no more than the lilies which are—it is equally hard to say why—the arms of France.

In a word, the circumstance that lilies have never been seen to spin does not absolutely demonstrate the exclusion of females from the throne to have been a fundamental law of the Gauls. The fundamental law of every country is, that if people are desirous of having bread, they must sow corn; that if they wish for clothing, they must cultivate flax and hemp; that every owner of a field should have the uncontrolled management and dominion over it, whether that owner be male or female; that the half-barbarous Gaul should kill as many as ever he can of the wholly barbarous Franks, when they come from the banks of the Main, which they have not the skill and industry to cultivate, to carry off his harvests and flocks; without doing which the Gaul would either become a serf of the Frank, or be assassinated by him.

It is upon this foundation that an edifice is well supported. One man builds upon a rock, and his house stands firm; another on the sands, and it falls to the ground. But a fundamental law, arising from the fluctuating inclinations of men, and yet at the same time irrevocable, is a contradiction in terms, a mere creature of imagination, a chimera, an absurdity; the power that makes the laws can change them. He permitted other German emperors, out of their all-powerful authority and infallible knowledge, to add two branches to the chandelier, and two presents to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Accordingly the electors are now nine in number.

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It was a very fundamental law that the disciples of the Lord Jesus should possess no private property, but have all things in common. There was afterwards a law that the bishops of Rome should be rich, and that the people should choose them. The last fundamental law is, that they are sovereigns, and elected by a small number of men clothed in scarlet, and constituting a society absolutely unknown in the time of Jesus. If the emperor, king of the Romans, always august, was sovereign master of Rome in fact, as he is according to the style of his patents and heraldry, the pope would be his grand almoner, until some other law, forever irrevocable, was announced, to be destroyed in its turn by some succeeding one.

I will suppose—what may very possibly and naturally happen—that an emperor of Germany may have no issue but an only daughter, and that he may be a quiet, worthy man, understanding nothing about war. I will suppose that if Catherine II. The old and absurd law would be derided, and the heroic empress reign at once in safety and in glory. We cannot contest the custom which has indeed passed into law, that decides against daughters inheriting the crown in France while there remains any male of the royal blood.

This question has been long determined, and the seal of antiquity has been Edition: current; Page: [ 69 ] put to the decision. Had it been expressly brought from heaven, it could not be more revered by the French nation than it is. It certainly does not exactly correspond with the gallant courtesy of the nation; but the fact is, that it was in strict and rigorous observance before the nation was ever distinguished for its gallant courtesy.

I am very well disposed to believe that he actually did digest this law, and that he knew how to read and write, just as I am to believe that he was only fifteen years old when he undertook the conquest of the Gauls; but I do sincerely wish that any one would show me in the library of St. Martin, the original document of the Salic law actually signed Clovis, or Clodovic, or Hildovic; from that we should at least learn his real name, which nobody at present knows.

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We have two editions of this Salic law; one by a person by the name of Herold, the other by Francis Pithou; and these are different, which is by no means a favorable presumption. When the text of a law is given differently in two documents, it is not only evident that one of the two is false, but it is highly probable that they are both so. No custom or usage of the Franks was written in our early times, and it would be excessively strange that the Edition: current; Page: [ 70 ] law of the Salii should have been so.

This law, moreover, is in Latin, and it does not seem at all probable that, in the swamps between Suabia and Batavia, Clovis, or his predecessors, should speak Latin. It is supposed that this law has reference to the kings of France; and yet all the learned are agreed that the Sicambri, the Franks, and the Salii, had no kings, nor indeed any hereditary chiefs.

It has been unluckily discovered that these names are the old names, somewhat disguised, of certain cantons of Germany. Secondly, if this law be applied to fiefs, it is evident that the English kings, who were not of the Norman race, obtained all their great fiefs in France only through daughters. Thirdly, it is alleged to be necessary that a fief should be possessed by a man, because he was able as well as bound to fight for his lord; this itself shows that the law could not be understood to affect the rights to the throne.

All feudal lords might fight just as well for a queen as for a king. A queen was not obliged to follow the practice so long in use, to put on a cuirass, and cover her limbs with armor, and set off trotting against the enemy upon a carthorse.