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Because she really wants a ghostly audience knowing everythign :)
They are the ideal people to talk to. You can relieve you conscience by confessing, but the people you confess to are in a different reality and can never tell anyone else in your reality, so your secrets remain safe. Certainly far safer than trusting a medieval priest and their... eclectic.. approach to the sanctity of confession (or indeed any of the other sacraments).
 

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Ooh...interesting.

Certainly far safer than trusting a medieval priest and their... eclectic.. approach to the sanctity of confession (or indeed any of the other sacraments).
Eh, sanctity of confession is a bit hit and miss in carholic dogmatic history, but most local priests did keep it if only for pragmatic reasons (the peasants will know if they talk). Of course, if you have an archbishop as your confessor and you're the king, they have reason to hold this over you even if they never say it. It's why royal families tended to have personal or quasi-royal chapels or abbeys to have personal confessor in, to keep them locked into separate spheres of politics.

The britsh Royal family incidentally still does this so it's not an empty concern.
 

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Hehe, nice. :)
 
Chapter Eight - Sins by the Father

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Part Two - February 1110


Chapter Eight: Sins by the Father

So as you may (or may not at this point) remember, after a ridiculous misunderstanding with the Pope concerning crusades, I had found myself excommunicated, cast out from the church, and condemned to bear a terrible blight on my immortal soul. My husband, bless him, laid it bare for me: the only way out of this was to reach out to the Holy Father himself and beg for clemency, either by sending a letter or by taking a trip to Rome and doing it in person.


Now our dear Pope Gregory is an interesting character, by all accounts. He is renowned for being a highly sociable poet, and for using said poetry on any female in the vicinity in order to sate his raging loins, the only problem being that he is a raging imbecile, so his poetry is absolutely terrible. Well, having thought it over, I came up with a scheme to take a pilgrimage to Rome and, while there, seek an audience with Gregory and, say, let his poetry be successful for a change. Perhaps that might change his mind?


But then my steward, Alan ‘the Festive’, ever the tight-arse with the purse-strings, told me that it would be cheaper just to send a letter, so that’s what I did. What Alan didn’t tell me is that Pope would demand a massive bribe (sorry, indulgence) for my repentance, plunging the earldom into vast amounts of debt. Oh well, it’s only money, and not even mine at that, so not to worry.


While all my schemes regarding Papal seduction ultimately came to nothing, it did make me realise something: that there was something very exciting about the idea of corrupting a man of the cloth. While the option of Pope Gregory, there were alternatives closer to home, ones that would quite likely involve less poetry and less drool (though that remained to be seen). Bishop Malise of St Machar’s Cathedral I found to be quite the handsome devil, with those piercing eyes and that drooping moustache, and I had a feeling he wasn’t quite the upstanding clergyman he appeared to be. I decided to put it to the test at my next confessional. Every Sunday the Bishop would come to Ellon Castle and take confession in the castle’s private chapel. Well, that particular Sunday I sidled into the booth with only one thing on my mind.


“Father, forgive me, for I have sinned,” I said. “It’s been one week since my last confession.”

“Proceed, Countess,” Bishop Malise said, in that sexy gravelly voice of his.

“Well you see, it’s just that I’ve been having these lustful thoughts. I can’t seem to stop getting all hot and bothered. My dress fells so tight around my bosom, and everything feels so tingly, like I’m about to explode!”

Bishop Malise cleared his throat. “I see.”

“And to tell you the truth, Bishop, I’m having these dirty, monstrous thoughts right now…about you.”

“Oh, is that, er, so?”

Putting on a sad, pouty voice, “And now I’m sure that you are also having naughty, sinful thoughts about me, and I just don’t see how this can be resolved. What do you think, Bishop?”

“Well, er, do…hail Marys and, er…” then, in a rapid whisper, “come back here in an hour.”


Got him, right there in the chapel, no less. We had our fun, and a couple of months later, well, this happened.


Oops.
 
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Now to reply to replies from...er, two months ago

Because she really wants a ghostly audience knowing everythign :)
Depends on the ghosts

They are the ideal people to talk to. You can relieve you conscience by confessing, but the people you confess to are in a different reality and can never tell anyone else in your reality, so your secrets remain safe. Certainly far safer than trusting a medieval priest and their... eclectic.. approach to the sanctity of confession (or indeed any of the other sacraments).
Yes, medieval priests are certainly that

Ooh...interesting.



Eh, sanctity of confession is a bit hit and miss in carholic dogmatic history, but most local priests did keep it if only for pragmatic reasons (the peasants will know if they talk). Of course, if you have an archbishop as your confessor and you're the king, they have reason to hold this over you even if they never say it. It's why royal families tended to have personal or quasi-royal chapels or abbeys to have personal confessor in, to keep them locked into separate spheres of politics.

The britsh Royal family incidentally still does this so it's not an empty concern.
Funny you should mention about private locations for confession.

Does this mean that we’re the ghosts in the other realm? :oops:

Very glad to have this back.
Seems likely

Most excellent! ;)
Thank you
 

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Putting it mildly! On the plus side at least it is only a Bishop, having the Pope's illegitimate child would be really awkward.

An on the plus side the Macbeths are famously understanding and forgiving, so even if her husband does find out it will all be fine..... Oh. Oh dear.
 

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My my, this might prove awkward.