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    Marriage in Medieval Ireland by Gillian Kenny

    Marriage in Medieval Ireland by Gillian Kenny

    In Gaelic Ireland during the medieval period the laws and practices surrounding marriage were secular in nature. People didn't get married in Church, marriage was a civil contract between two individuals (representing their family interests) and it was celebrated with a feast and then that was that. Divorce was common, illegitimacy was an unknown concept (no idea of bastardy as it would have been understood elsewhere) and the lawyers tried to make allowances for all types of unions so they listed 9 different types of legal union which people could engage in. These lawyers formulated the legal code known as ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-history-show/programmes/2013/0428/385889-the-history-show-sunday-28-april-2013/?clipid=1065338
    Love and Marriage in Medieval Ireland

    Love and Marriage in Medieval Ireland

    This week, France became the 14th country to approve a law allowing for same sex marriage and adoption rights. Our own recent constitutional convention voted in favour of holding a referendum on this issue. These marriages will be purely civil in nature as same sex unions are against the teachings of Christian churches. So, how long ago did marriage became a sacred act and how have our attitudes to formal unions changed and progressed down through the centuries? Medieval historian Gillian Kenny came in to talk about laws and practices surrounding marriage in medieval Ireland.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-history-show/programmes/2013/0428/385889-the-history-show-sunday-28-april-2013/?clipid=1065339

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