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Bretha nemed dédenach (or déidenach)‘The last Bretha nemed (‘Judgments of privileged persons’)’

  • prose, verse, rosc
  • Early Irish law texts
Old Irish tract on the law concerning poets, such as their privileges and their responsibilities, as well as various other matters, such as fosterage and surety.
Manuscripts

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Form
prose, verse, rosc (primary)

Classification

Early Irish law texts

Sources

Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

Diplomatic editions
[ed.] Binchy, D. A. [ed.], Corpus iuris Hibernici, 7 vols, vol. 3, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978. 
comments: numbered pp. 745–1138; diplomatic edition of legal material from Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1337 (continued, pp. 745–1109); Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1317 (pp. 1111–1138)
1111.1–1138.37 TCD 1317
[ed.] Binchy, D. A. [ed.], Corpus iuris Hibernici, 7 vols, vol. 2, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978. 
comments: numbered pp. 339–744; diplomatic edition of legal material from: London, British Library, MS Harleian 432; Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1316; Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1337.
603.16–604.38; 725.7–726.20 TCD 1337
[ed.] Binchy, D. A. [ed.], Corpus iuris Hibernici, 7 vols, vol. 5, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978. 
Volume 5 of the Corpus iuris Hibernici, which is numbered pp. 1532–1925, contains diplomatic editions of legal material from TCD 1363 (H 4. 22), the Book of Ballymote (RIA 23 P 12), BL Egerton 90 and TCD 1336 (H 3. 17).
1587.18–1588.8 TCD 1363
[ed.] Binchy, D. A. [ed.], Corpus iuris Hibernici, 7 vols, vol. 6, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978. 
comments: numbered pp. 1926–2343; diplomatic edition of legal material from:
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1336 (continued)
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1387
  • Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 502
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1308
  • London, British Library, MS Additional 4783
  • London, British Library, MS Nero A 7
  • Copenhagen, Det Kongelige Bibliotek, MS NKS 261b
  • Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 3
  • Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 11
  • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS C i 2
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1318/16
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS E 3. 3
2342.16–2343.21 ('De dlighedh Gotha) Glossed passage
Critical editions and translations
[ed.] Gwynn, E. J., “An Old-Irish tract on the privileges and responsibilities of poets”, Ériu 13 (1942): 1–60, 220–236.
13–44 (TCD 1317); 54–56 (extracts from TCD 1337, pt 4); 59–60 (notes referring to some extracts from TCD 1337, pt 9, transcribed by Eleanor Knott)
[tr.] .
420–422. Portions of the text in translation.
[tr.] .
226, 230, 233, 236, 240 Translations of several passages from the text.
[tr.] Breatnach, Liam [ed. and tr.], Uraicecht na ríar: the poetic grades in early Irish law, Early Irish Law Series 2, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1987.
42–57 An edition and translation, with notes, of select passages from the text. See the table of contents.

Secondary sources (select)

Breatnach, Liam, A companion to the Corpus iuris Hibernici, Early Irish Law Series 5, Dublin: DIAS, 2005. 
comments: A companion to Binchy (D. A.) 1978a. Review article: McLeod, N., “A true companion to the Corpus iuris Hibernici”, Peritia 19 (2005).
184–188 [id. 5.15. ‘Bretha Nemed Dédenach’]
Breatnach, Liam, “Satire, praise and the early Irish poet”, Ériu 56 (2006): 63–84.
Kelly, Fergus, A guide to early Irish law, Early Irish Law Series 3, Dublin: DIAS, 1988.
268–269, 45, 47, 51 n. 104, 64 n. 198, 67, 78, 116, 137–138, 147, 162, 170 n. 93, 235.
Stacey, Robin Chapman, Dark speech: the performance of law in early Ireland, The Middle Ages Series, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.
197–201
Breatnach, Liam, “Araile felmac féig don Mumain: unruly pupils and the limitations of satire”, Ériu 59 (2009): 111–137. 
This paper offers an annotated edition and translation of a short Middle Irish tale about poets. It includes discussion of language and date, Bérla na Filed, the metre aí fhreisligi and the use of satire as a means of gaining redress.
(source: p. 111)
Gwynn, E. J., “An Old-Irish tract on the privileges and responsibilities of poets”, Ériu 13 (1942): 1–60, 220–236.
1–12 (introduction); 57–60, 220–232 (notes)

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