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The Legal Triads of Medieval Wales [Hardcover]

Sara Elin Roberts
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31 Jan 2011
Medieval Wales had a separate system of law to that found in English, and the law has been preserved in several medieval manuscripts. Although the purpose of the law manuscripts was to explain the legal complexities, they were also works of literature, written in medieval Welsh. One aspect of the law manuscripts is the large collections of legal triads, basically sentences listing things in threes. These were probably composed for educational, mnemonic purposes, and offer a real insight into the workings of medieval Welsh law. This book is the first full study of the legal triads, an important part of medieval Welsh law. Triads were a feature in most medieval Welsh (and, indeed, Irish) literature, and there are large collections found of various genres. The legal triads are probably the largest collections of triads found in Welsh, and there are triads for almost every aspect of medieval Welsh law. This book sets the triads in their literary and legal context, gives a full edited text of the triads found in the law manuscripts as well as offering translations of the legal triads. There are also notes for each triad found in the legal triad collections, and this book will be a useful starting point for studying medieval Welsh law.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wales Press; Second edition (31 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708321070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708321072
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 16.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,639,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Roberts is currently working as a research assistant on the Dafydd ap Gwilym project.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly and Fascinating 31 Oct 2012
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In the introduction Dr Roberts explains clearly and in great detail the different sources of Welsh law which are then exemplified in the triads that follow in the main section of the book - with the original Welsh on one page and the English translation on the other side. The triads themselves are a delight - their succinct, three-line form making them immensely satisfying as well as enlightening. I have a great interest in Brehon law in late medieval Ireland and it was especially fascinating for me to pick out the differences as well as the resemblances between that and Welsh law.
A wonderful book to read and then keep by the bedside so that one can dip into the various treasures such as: 'There are three things which are not paid for although they may be lost in a house where someone is lodged: a knife, and a sword, and trousers.'
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