The Sceptre: Women's History/Men's Power
Many scholars of women's history believe that ancient women occupied a place in society that was equal with men's. Although tribal societies recognized the special abilities of each gender, men weren't thought of as superior.
In The Sceptre, two flashbacks to events in the life of a Central European Keltic village show dramatically how and why the shift to male ascendancy might have occurred. The shift may have been inspired by simple jealousy, as described on pages 208-214, in which Fergal, a spurned lover, foments rebellion against the traditional marital practices of the tribe.