September 27th, 2008

Nineteenth Century British Inheritance Law

Writing a story set in Britain in the 19th century that hinges upon one of the characters not legally being allowed to inherit property because she is a woman.

--What were the legal limitations on this? Could women not inherit anything, or was it just land or major assets?
--When was this ruling overturned?
--If someone specified that they were leaving property to a woman in their will, would that necessarily supercede the inheritance law?

I've mostly used Google for "nineteenth century" and "British inheritance law" and "women" and combinations of those, but the only things I've found so far are not very technical or helpful.

record label vs band: who gets money


The story is set in the present days in the USA and it's about a Rock Band.

I gathered a lot of information on different sites (google, yahoo, entertainment.howstuffworks, wiki aso) and found out almost everything I need. I'm this far: The Band ended their contract with their first label and now has a new one. Their last albums didn't make enough money to pay the label the advances back they got to produce the album, touring, promotion etc. I read that the band doesn't have to pay the label out of their own pocket if the album should flop. But though the band isn't under contract with their first label anymore, copies of the cd will be sold anyway. May question is, who will get the money? The old label or the band?

I tried: "royalties" "band payment" "record label money" "album flop" "band money royalties payment" "label band payment" "advances label money"

Thanks in advance

Medieval English peasant children eating breakfast

Setting: rural, feudal English village in the 1200s

What might medieval English peasants eat in the morning to "break fast"? I'd like to be able to say something other than just bread, to give my story a bit of colour. The story is set in high summer and they've had a prosperous year. The characters in the breakfast scene are two sisters, aged eleven and six. They have been left on their own for the morning, with the older sister watching over the younger one, since she took a fall into thorn bushes the day before and hurt herself badly enough to leave lasting scars. Their mother is a capable healer, so I don't know if she would "prescribe" certain food for the younger sister, to aid in her recovery?

I've Googled "medieval diet," "peasant diet," "peasant food," "medieval food" and pored over a number of my books on medieval life, but all they seem to say is that peasants ate nothing but bread, bread and more bread. I'm about ready to admit defeat and just have the older sister hand the younger one a crust of bread.

ETA: Thanks so much to everyone who commented. I have a lot to think over and revise now, which is excellent!

what is this odd railroad building called and what's its purpose?



Backgroud: I am writing a short story which takes place in rural southern Georgia (USA) and includes a lot of aspects of the railroad because railroads are historically important in this area of the country. I found in north-central Florida an interesting structure by the side of the traintracks which appears employed in some capacity to railroad business but I don't know exactly what it does. It is marked as the "Newberry D-D" on it in several locations and Newberry is in fact the nearest town to its location. There is a concrete block building and a pre-fab (newer) steel structure behind it which I assume to house electronics for communications or something. Can anyone help tell me more about these structures?

I have tried researching a lot of different information about railroad operations however most of what's online is about old-timey trains and little is germane to current operations and since I don't know the name of the structure, I can't really goole it either.

Below the cut is a photo of the structure in question:

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Thanks so much for your help!