This is a major comparative study of early Irish and Welsh kinship. Kinship is a central element in all human societies and was of particular significance in early medieval Ireland and Wales where government institutions were, in general, weak. T. M. Charles-Edwards examines the forms of kinship found in Ireland and Wales at the earliest periods for which documentation is sufficient (the seventh century for Ireland and the twelfth through thirteenth centuries for Wales). His analysis of kinship vocabulary and careful consideration of the available evidence enables him to take the discussion back to earlier periods. This is the first extended scholarly treatment of the topic. It is an intensively researched, erudite, and fascinating study of the interplay of tradition and innovation in the development of kinship from the prehistoric to the medieval period.
'Charles-Edwards's erudition is formidable and constantly illuminating ... his vindication of the pioneering scholarly achievement of Eoin MacNeill is striking ... Charles-Edwards's work raises questions and offers insights that should command the attention of students of early medieval societies less well documented than Ireland and Wales.' Times Literary Supplement 'The fruit of many years of labour, this is undoubtedly a substantial contribution to early medieval studies.' Colmán Etchingham, St Patrick's College, Maynooth, EHR Jun. 94 'authoritative study' Matthew Stout, History Ireland, Winter 1994 `this erudite book is the fruit of painstaking study, over manyu years, of the relevant legal texts of the two countries ...it makes an important contribution to the study of the laws of the Irish and the Welsh, and it will be a standard work of reference for years to come on the many topics with which it deals' Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, Harvard University, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, Number 33 Summer 1997
Number Of Pages: 614
Published: 25th March 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 1.17