Grand Duke Colin, General Zillmann and the King dismounted their horses near a small tavern. The mounted escort from Princess Hayley's Hussars moved to their usual positions around the trio; five troopers and one NCO each at the 4 cardinal points. The young officer, second in command dismounted with another five troopers and positioned themselves within close proximity to the King. The Major commanding the escort moved with the King.
They had just left a meeting with the Prophet and the Church Council at The Temple.
Only two days earlier the Prophet and Queen had had a lunch and meeting with the King, and there they had presented a Church Proclamation to the King. At that meeting it was decided that the King and his most trusted advisors would meet at greater length with the Prophet and entire Church Council.
The meeting had lasted for more than two hours, and now the small band were heading back to the Palace.
"The King and his party require some privacy"! barked the Major in command of the Escorting Troop
"Of course. Allow me to clear this table in the corner", stammered the Inn Keeper.
"We are not used to such regal visitors"
Tables were moved, chairs were replaced with better chairs.
"'Tis a great honour M'lard"!
General Zillmann was the first to speak:
"I suspect the proclamation will be readily accepted by most of the lower to middle class, but much of the nobility will not be happy Sire"
"I agree, but the Church will release the proclomation regardless of what I think. Hmmm, time to pick a side".
The King sipped his apple juice.
"I must be seen to support the Church. The noblility can choose between what is right, or what is conveinient. I shall set the example; which won't be too hard. My other wives, Lady Julie and Duchess Rachel are far away already. They are also well cared for".
"But what of the divorced wives, what becomes of them Sire"? General Zillmann's question was a good one.
"My good General, The Prophet said that they would remain the responsibility of their ex husbands"
The Grand Duke replied:
"The laws would and will need to make clear that even though the husband must choose only one wife, he would still be responsible for the divorced wife or wives until they were either re-married; or died".
General Zillmann made an observation:
"I can see that many men are not going to be to happy about supporting a woman that gives nothing in return.
There will be a lot of weddings for the newly divorced;... or a lot of funerals".
A week later the proclomation hit the streets:
The Prophet and King are compeled to make the following Holy Proclomation!
Our Heavenly Father has decreed, no man is to have more than one wife!
Any man with more than one wife is to present to their Shire or Provincial Temple with their wives and declare their chosen one.
The divorced wives will be cared for by their ex husbands until they are re-married.
Their welfare and safety will be the resonsibility of their previous husbands.
Children will remain in the care of their Birth mothers, unless they are voluntarily surrendered to their fathers.
Ex-wives may reside within their ex-husband's lodgings until re-married, but may not engage in "Relations".
Any person failing to comply with the proclomation will be deemed in violating the most holy institution of marriage and face severe punishment in this world, and judgment in the next!
SO SAYTH THE LORD!!!
GOD SAVE THE KING!
More "legal" details were posted with the proclomation, but the thrust of what was now law wasn't lost on the masses.
For many, the news was well received. Many of the lower classes saw the new laws as another un-deserved "privalige" stripped from the "well to do".
For some however, the proclamation was as if the church and their King was declaring war on them,.....
The BRIDE WARS were about to begin!
TO BE CONTINUED!