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The Ursulan Cycle
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siege From: siege Date: August 13th, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

My take:

I rather suspect King Bohr would do the chivalrously boorish thing and try to Big-Daddy her, presuming he knows better how to rule than she ever will (and sadly, on the initial meeting, he will know more about leadership though Ursula has good advisers). Maybe he'll even suggest she marry one of his knights in order to put a Proper Man on the throne and "gain the respect of the people" (plus a voice like his in her ear). And of course, with self-confidence backed by knowing he's better at everything due to age, experience, and gender, he'll just steamroll Ursula and force Falcon and Sir Electra to intervene for her. At which point it's a "damnable gaggle of ____ women, conspiring against me" to take control of the isles. Which they really aren't, but why else try to match his power? Facing a man, he'd respect hierarchy and evidence so long as they can joke with him -- a woman, she's an upstart challenger.

So, already accused of conspiracy, what do the women do? Go talk with the other women, get a proper accounting of what goes on in the Outer Isles. Celts would normally not stand on letting the men run everything.. you can trust that! So even if restricted from managing the treasury and the household (possible, if no woman can stand the place), Bohr's wives would at least have friends who know household and regional affairs, "all the better to protect our girls from those brutes and their piratical sabers."
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