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Cáin Lánamna (CL) &t;The Law of Couples&t; is the single most important source for marriage and divorce law in medieval Ireland. CL contains a wealth of information concerning the types of legally recognized couples and many details about day-to-day life and the domestic economy. CL belongs to the Senchas Már &t;Great Tradition&t; collection of legal tracts, of which no complete copy survives. The Senchas Már is traditionally divided into thirds based on references within the legal tracts themselves; CL belongs to the first third. It is the seventh tract, located after Cáin Aicillne and before Córus Béscnai. Thurneysen is most likely correct in his assessment of the situation. Other Irish legal sources that provide information on the place of women within the law include Bretha Crólige, the Bandíre-tract, and the sections on pica found in Bretha Éitgid.

Keywords: Cáin Lánamna (CL); Irish legal sources; marriage and divorce law; medieval Ireland; Senchas Már



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