Wilson Kane wins a fortune and his future bride at a game of dice from the former pirate Balthasar. When he decides to go and get the girl, the pirate way, by kidnapping her, not only he finds out that she is more than a pirate could ever want from a wife... but that she has 4 identical sisters as well.
This discovery hits him when his men, who were supposed to help him out, each kidnaps a different girl... and none of them gets the right one! But Wilson Kane wants the girl he had met and no one else! Luckily for him it will be the girl herself to solve his problem and put an end to his dilemma...
a solution that will eventually fling her into a new way of life, aboard the Alidivento, across the Mediterranea sea!
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Sunday, December 16, 2012
here's a list of websites that might help you understand how marriage between cousins evolved in history:
famous people who married their cousins, including my favorite President of the United States and royalties: CLICK!
...not listed here is, of course, Queen Victoria... and you may notice that the list is very United States centered because this issue is an issue mainly in the U.s. - I think it's because of the Puritan origin of the Country or the fact that some communities were very closed and did not like outsiders and that brought to inbreeding - but not everywhere in the U.s.!!!
In fact here's a list of the States that allows marriage between cousins: CLICK
In case the issue was to be genetic... yes, it would become after several generations of inbreeding CLICK here!
And this one will also help you shed some light on why marrying a first cousin or a distant relative has very little difference genetically: CLICK
Which can be summarized as this: provided you don't do it over and over it is also genetically not risky.
Their kinship chart though, is American style, it calculates degree horizontally but for Europeans, who follow the Roman laws, based somehow on the Hammurabi code, you have to go up, then down the family tree again and include the common ancestor IN.
So it would be you
Your parent (first degree)
Your grandparents (second degree)
Your grandparents' children - uncle/auntie - (third degree)
Your cousin (fourth degree)
By right fourth degree is not illegal in many places. If you count American style your relationship to your parents is equal to the one to your uncle and aunties - which isn't quite right since, for example, I don't even share the same blood type as my nephew and niece.
(I think some of the problems with kinship concern the fact they calculate the common distance but not the ancestor).
From the religious point of view... it was seen as a very positive thing in the Bible : CLICK!
There is an interesting page in Wikipedia dedicated to what is considered incest in the Bible which does not include cousins but limits itself to certain blood relations (probably because they do marry each other as it was normal back then).
That's why, even though it might freak you out (and I must apologize to the American readers because they might be the ones to freak out most), in this story cousins marry.
For the sake of the story it has to go this way:
It's historically accurate
It was religiously okay
It was legal (still is in many places)
Kinship is calculated according to the Roman law - they are not Americans so I cannot apply the straight line calculation skipping the ancestor.
It was seen as a positive thing as property stayed within the family
Genetically becomes dangerous only after excessive inbreeding which will definitely not happen as family members lost touch with each other and spread around the world once the common ancestor died.