--- "Bruce L. Jones" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
it's being discovered that
> those before us were
> strangers to monogamy an fidelity.
Perhaps it is relatively safe to say that monogamy and
fidelity in marriage, is a Christian concept that
became a more solidly entrenched custom of social
convention as time moved forward from its
Monogamy and fidelity in marriage were particularly
important to the upper classes as parentage pertained
to inheritance laws esp. that of primogeniture (which
was unknown in Ireland [and presumably in Irish
settled areas such as the Dalriadic kingdom in
Scotland] until the coming of the Normans in the 11th
cent.[to Ireland]) My knowledge of Sc. history is a
bit shakey, and so I am not sure if primogeniture was
practiced there earlier or later than it was in
Ireland. It may have been earlier, esp. with Malcolm
establishing kingship there ie it would have been in
his family's interest to establish primogeniture for
the royal succession instead of using the maternal
line formula of the Pictish nobility.) (Dale)
The Cain Lánamna is an early Irish law text which
recognizes 10 forms of marriage contract; among these
various marriage forms are some of a quite temporary
nature, which were contracted for a specified period
of time. The various forms also specify the
obligations between parties and division of property
upon dissolution or completion of the contract.
I am not sure (I would have to dig my copy out) but I
think it is either this text, or Kelly's which makes
reference as to which partner got custody of any issue
(children) of such unions including details regarding
In some cases, the children were assigned to the
mother's kin, and in others, the father's, and this
appears to have depended upon the form of marriage and
status of both and either partner.
A copy of the Cain may be viewed online at C.E.L.T I
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