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Texts

Cáin lánamna‘The regulation of couples’

  • Old Irish
  • Early Irish law texts
Manuscripts

See Eska (2010) for a thorough examination of the manuscript evidence.

Language
  • Old Irish

Classification

Early Irish law texts

Subject tags

 marriage law

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.

[ed.] [tr.] Eska, Charlene M. [ed. and tr.], Cáin lánamna: an Old Irish tract on marriage and divorce law, Medieval Law and Its Practice 5, Leiden: Brill, 2010.
[ed.] Binchy, D. A. [ed.], Corpus iuris Hibernici, 7 vols, vol. 2, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978.
502.7–519.35 Diplomatic edition of TCD 1316
[facs.] Best, R. I., and Rudolf Thurneysen (introduction), Senchas Már: facsimile of the oldest fragments from Ms.H.2.15 in the library of Trinity College, Dublin, Facsimiles in Collotype of Irish Manuscripts 1, Dublin: Stationery Office, 1931.
39a–45a Facsimile of TCD 1316
[ed.] [tr.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed. and tr.], “Cáin lánamna”, in: Thurneysen, Rudolf, Nancy Power, and Myles Dillon (eds.), Studies in early Irish law, Dublin: Hodges Figgis, 1936. 1–80.
CELT – edition: <link>
[ed.] [tr.] Jaski, Bart [ed. and tr.], “Cáin lánamna ‘The regulation of couples’. Text and translation of the early Irish law-tract on marriage and sexual relationships”, Utrecht University homepage, Online: Utrecht University. Old URL: <http://www2.let.uu.nl/Solis/keltisch/CL-text.htm http://www2.let.uu.nl/Solis/keltisch/CL-translation.htm>.
[tr.] “Early medieval law, c. 700–1200”, ed. Donnchadh Ó Corráin, in: Bourke, Angela (et al., eds), The Field Day anthology of Irish writing, vol. IV: Irish women's writing and traditions, Cork: Cork University Press, 2002. 6–44.
CELT – Cáin lánamna (pp. 22–26): <link>
Text translated at 22–26 (no edition).

Secondary sources (select)

Eska, Charlene M., “Varieties of early Irish legal literature and the Cáin lánamna fragments”, Viator 40:1 (2009): 1–16.
Jaski, Bart, “Marriage laws in Ireland and the Continent in the early Middle Ages”, in: Meek, Christine, and Katharine Simms (eds.), ‘The fragility of her sex’? Medieval Irishwomen in their European context, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1996. 16–42.
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