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Old November 14th, 2012, 09:15 AM   #41

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Originally Posted by Ri Fhionngaill View Post
It's disappointing that you didn't mention the famous ones, such as Cain Adomnan and the laws of succession. But a good overview of the largest collection of medieval laws in Europe.

However, you did miss a few of the major points: that every free Irish citizen was equal in the eyes of the law, and the rights of women in property, education, and divorce.
Also, copyright law owes its origin to the famous judgement made against Colmcille who had made a secret copy of the gospels but was told that his copy did not belong to him but to the owner of the original from which the copy was made. The judgement was issued in the famous words: 'To every cow its calf; to every book its copy.'
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Old November 14th, 2012, 11:07 AM   #42

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Dragging up ancient threads Garry?
This essay is in dire need of a complete re-write, just like many of my other ones. Time allowing, I'll get to them all.

The High King who judged against Colm Cille (Diarmat mac Cerbhaill, I think) was incidently, his cousin. Colm Cille would probably have been High King if he hadn't chosen the religious life. He may have represented a political threat to that King, a possible ulterior motive for the copyright judgement. (That idea is drawn from Byrne's 'Irish Kings and High Kings').
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Interesting. I'd like to work through comparing them with the Laws of Hywel, which have obviously the same distant sources, but I am too lazy. The bits about marriage and divorce - which I was checking recently - certainly look similar.
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Thank you to all of you, this has truly helped me. My only problem is the dates/timelines sometimes do not line up. I appreciate you help.
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Excellent post Michael Collins, very informative and for the most part, well written too.
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