How did Daniel's mother die in The Bronze Bow?

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Daniel’s mother died of grief and from contracting an illness after the crucifixion and subsequent death of her husband. Exposure to the cold weather when mourning her husband may have caused the terrible illness, perhaps pneumonia, that led to her death. She stayed at the site of the crucifixion for a few days until her death.

Daniel’s uncle failed to pay his taxes, and his punishment was to work in the quarries. However, Daniel’s father tried to intervene. Together with his friends, he attempted to free the uncle as the prisoners headed for the quarries. The rescue mission was botched, and they were all arrested. The punishment for the act was crucifixion. Daniel and his sister were thus orphaned at a tender age. They were taken in by their aging grandmother.

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