Marriage Disputes: A Fragmentary Old Irish Law-Text


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ed. Fergus Kelly
Published: 2015
Pages: x + 157 pp. (vol. VI)
Reference: F.4.6
ISBN: 978 1 85500 227 2

Although it survives only in fragmentary form,
this text provides a great deal of information
on early Irish marriage and on the resolution
of legal disputes involving spouses. Such
disputes may arise from a wide variety of
causes, including dishonest or neglectful
housekeeping, adultery, sexual neglect,
violence by in-laws, and the onset of illness.

The text concentrates on the primary wife
(cétmuinter), but there is also mention of the
secondary wife (adaltrach), whose legal status
is at a lower level. There are approximately
thirty-six citations from the Old Irish text
(c. 7th century), accompanied by extensive
Middle Irish commentary (c. 12th century).

Additional information

Weight 365 g