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Assault and Attempted Murder in Brehon Law

McLeod, N. (1998) Assault and Attempted Murder in Brehon Law. Irish Jurist, 33 . pp. 351-391.


This article deals with compensation payments for deliberate injuries to the person in Brehon law. It covers the entire period of the Brehon laws. The ancient laws were committed to writing in the old Irish language from the 7th to the 8th centuries. Medieval legal scholars added interlacing layers of commentary, in Middle Irish, from the 12th to the 15th centuries. Later scholars continued the work of copying and elaborating upon the work of their predecessors into the 16th and early 17th centuries. Most of the surviving manuscripts on which this article draws were compiled during the last 100 or so years of that long period of scholarship. The hoard of accumulated material they contain needs to be teased out with care and with caution.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Law
Publisher: Royal Irish Academy
Copyright: Royal Irish Academy
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