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F, Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson B.506, Fol. 42d

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How many [kinds of] couples are there according to Irish law? It is not difficult: eight. If they are equally lawful, the mutual concessions are forfeited from each of them to the other from 24 hours onwards. If they are both equally unlawful, their mutual concessions are balanced out. If one of them is lawful and the other unlawful, the mutual concessions are forfeited to the lawful one and returned by the unlawful one. These are the non-lawful betrothals: the fulfilling betrothal and the visiting betrothal and the betrothal without misdeeds after it, and this is what makes them non-lawful: stipulating a particular period of time for them and without having a lawful coibche for it.

Keywords: betrothal; coibche; Irish law; mutual concessions

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