I am thorough enjoying this book of short stories based in early Irish times when Christianity was not yet entirely ruled by Rome with is strict adherence to their view on things spiritual and its bias towards male dominance and absolute obedience without educating the masses sufficiently to teach themselves. It is an eye opener to learn how "modern" the Irish laws and behaviour of the people were in those times. Women were equal to men, had the right to inherit in their own names, had the ability to rise highly in trades and professions, religious doctrine allowed for marriage or cohabitation within religious scholars and teachers (nuns and priests etc) the law was a mixture of ideas from Rome mixed with older and wiser more ancient laws. It has only taken us another 1500 years or so to achieve similar laws and modes of behaviour that were common in those far off days...... And we call it "Progress" !
I can't wait to read more, this is my 3rd book, the others were full length novels and this, the 3rd, is a collection of short stories all beautifully written with style and wit.