brendan wrote:for instance? ...not looking to argue, I am genuinely interested!
brendan wrote:I would have to check my notes - I was at a lecture on the broader subject of women under Brehon law by Fergus Kelly a few years back - but from what I remember the Bride Price was paid to the Wife's family to be returned if she wasn't fertile (I think) and she got to keep a percentage. I don't remember any specific mention of how that changed over time.
I do know that the woman did get to keep an increasing percentage of the payment if she was married more than once - particularly important in dynastic marriages
brendan wrote:my guess is that the interpreters kept with the publicly stated notion that the law was immutable.
I remember reading Binchy's (?) transcription/commentary on Breatha dén Chéacht(sp? the one one medical law). What I took from it was that they adapted to future needs by narrowing in the scope of the original law to the point where it really didn't apply rather than actively changing it - but that is memory
brendan wrote:I am not saying that it was immutable, more that it was probably presented as immutable...except where it suited.
It couldn't have lasted as long as it did if there had been no change.
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