Brehon Laws: The Ancient Wisdom of Ireland

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'Brehon Laws: The Ancient Wisdom of Ireland' is a fascinating look at the lifestyle and values of ancient Ireland. Thousands of years ago, Celtic Ireland was a land of tribes and warriors where a widely accepted, sophisticated and surprisingly enlightened legal system kept society running smoothly. The brehons were the keepers of these laws, which dealt with every aspect of life including land disputes, recompense for theft or violence, marriage and divorce processes, and the care of trees and animals. Transmitted orally from ancient times, these laws were transcribed by monks around the fifth century, and what survived was translated by nineteenth-century scholars. Jo Kerrigan has immersed herself in these texts, revealing fascinating details that are inspiring for our world today. With atmospheric photographs by Richard Mills, this is an accessible introduction to a hidden gem of Irish heritage.