> > able to have multiple wives and their offspring were considered legitim=
> Is it accurate that the majority of marriages in medieval Ireland were by
> contract, in some cases for a stated number of years only, and most were =
> consecrated in the church?
I would be very interested to know that as well... can anyone think of=20
any solid sources ( not that there is really a lot on women in medieval=20
Ireland ) perhaps the Katharine Simms article in the Irish Jurist..?
> > Also, the Vatican seems to want to
> > portray a very rigid and unchanging stance on morality--it wasn't that
> > way either--for whatever reason they turned a blind eye to what a lot o=
> > the nobility did in Early medieval Europe.
> I have been under the impression that the general tenor of the Irish
> Catholic clergy regarding sexual morality changed markedly in recent
> centuries, beginning in the 1600's following the Flight of the
> Earls. At that time priests could not be trained in Ireland and had to
> go to the continent for an education, mainly to Louvain, which was
> dominated by Jansenism, a particularly puritanical strain of
> counter-reformation Catholicism. Is this correct, in whole or part, or
> am I out to lunch?
From=20what I know you're correct. But I believe there were probably two=20
different strains of catholicism. The first would certainly have been the=
one you describe, but this continental version might have only been=20
limited to the Old English who were very catholic and had the funds to=20
send their children to the continent for an education.=20
a woman to her small daughter while at Stonehenge:
"Now Doreen, just you be careful and don't knock anything over. "
RIP Christina Chisolm Cruden May 1910 - July 23rd 1995=20