Lady of Gentle Magic
Lady of Gentle Magic print Double Matted and Unmatted
Signed and numbered limited edition 300
Acrylic on gessoed hardboard
In a time when education for women was confined to domestic crafts and superstition and ignorance ran rampant, this woman lived a life of service to her community as a healer. Using medicinal and herbal lore passed down from her elders she could speed healing, reduce swelling, halt a fever, and perform small surgeries. Jealous priests who could not equal these feats said she must be allied with evil powers and called her a witch. She was, instead, a great hero. This was the illustrated cover of vol. 8 of the German edition of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series, titled Die Schwarze Schwesternschaft.