|A magic circle is immortalized in stone alongside the cathedral in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain.|
Hello, Six Sentence Sunday fans! Here's the long-awaited wedding clip!
I did a bit of research, but we just don't know much about tenth-century weddings beyond the fact that it wasn't yet a sacrament, so it wouldn't have taken place inside the church. I guess it was going to be another thousand years before Bride Magazine could immortalize all these great traditions.
So, as we know, doña Lambra is really nervous, and her perceptions of the ceremony are clouded by the sinking feeling she can't shake. They're standing in a magic circle in the middle of the cathedral square because the last time I was in Arcos de la Frontera, I saw what was supposed to be a pre-Christian ritual circle where they performed some kind of blessing or cleansing before a child was baptized inside the cathedral.
* * *Doña Lambra saw the face of Count García smiling and shouting, and, blurrier, all seven of the the noble knights of Lara with their father, mother, and tutor. Someone threw a veil over Lambra's head, and then Ruy Blásquez stepped into the circle with a sure foot. The Count of Castile was addressing the crowd in a voice that had as much meaning for Lambra as the twittering of birds.
The first words she heard clearly came from Ruy Blásquez's mouth. "I receive you as mine, so that you become my wife and I your husband."
Doña Lambra's chest was rising and falling so dramatically she could see it out of the corner of her eye, but she still couldn't feel the air passing inside her.
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