I'll send you the bibliographical references and
a response to your message off-list. Take care!
>It would be great if you have some bibl. info.
>I've seen a Donnchadh Ó Corráin article on the subject but thought he
>too easily superimposed modern ideas of marriage onto the early Irish.
>Reading McLeod, I think there should be caution in doing that. I'm not
>saying that there wasn't 'marriage' in Ireland in the Old Irish
>period, just that it appears (note my tentativeness) unlike our modern
>notions. More a legal construct melded of Christian and pre-Christian
>Irish ideas in which lánamain was about relationships in a legal sense
>rather than a matrimonial sense. Saying that, I am an open book on the
>Would you be so grateful as to expand on your idea of what 'marriage'
>may have meant back then, and where your edition will be published.
>On 18/08/2009, at 10:53 PM, Charlene Eska wrote:
>>I've never posted to a list-serv before...
>>Thurneysen has a bit to say about this word and la/namnas in
>>"Studies in Early Irish Law". In the second
>>section of the tract Ca/ in La/namna there is a
>>long commentary describing some of the legal
>>obligations between various types of "couples", including married
>>couples. You can find this commentary in AL and in my forthcoming
>>(2009) edition of the the tract. Marriage in early Ireland was a
>>contractual arrangement, and the laws recognized a variety of
>>different types of "unions". Donnchadh O/ Corra/in has written
>>several articles describing the nature of marriage in early Ireland.
>>I'd be happy to send you some bibliographical information off-list,
>>if you'd like. Hope this helps!
>>All the best,
>>>Hi Neil (and everyone else),
>>>I'm reading your (Neil's) "Early Irish Contract Law" and am curious
>>>know if you or anyone else would argue that lánamain does not refer
>>>marriage in the sense that we would define in the West today. It
>>>appears more likely to be a legal term for the obligations of various