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'Judgements Concerning Privileged Classes'

'Judgements Concerning Privileged Classes'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1571

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Nero A VII

Item number: f.155v

Length: 14.5

Width: 11.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

Irish law has a long tradition in the middle ages, a body formed from native and church law. Much of it has to do with social rank, especially the upper ranks, which included not only kings and warriors but also the poets. This late medieval law manuscript on privileged classes is said to have been copied by Matha O Luinin, a member of a renowned scribal family of County Fermanagh. It was made for Aimirgin who presented it to Morann Mac Main, a judge. The book is structured by the device of posing a request for a declaration of judgement on a particular question, followed by the response.

Sections on this page of the 'Judgements' give instructions on laws of security and guarantee and a response to a question on whether the chief of a tribe can employ a man of another tribe.

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