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Bechbretha: An Old Irish Law-tract on Bee-keeping

By Thomas Charles-Edwards and Furgus Kelly

Bechbretha ‘bee-judgements’ provides a detailed account of early Irish law relating to bee-keeping, and covers such tropics as ownership of swarms, theft of bee-hives, and neighbours’ entitlements to honey from a beekeeper. The author also refers to the law-case which resulted from the blinding by a bee-sting of the eye of the Ulster king Congal Caech (637). On linguistic and historical grounds, the editors date this remarkably well –preserved text to the seventh century AD.

This volume includes a description of the manuscripts, linguistic and legal introductions, an account of early Irish bee-keeping, a restored text with translation, and textural notes. The appendixes contain other Irish legal texts relating to bee-keeping, as well as Medieval Welsh legal material on this topic.

Bechbretha: An Old Irish Law-tract on Bee-keeping

By Thomas Charles-Edwards and Furgus Kelly

Publisher

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Year

2008

Edition

Reprint 2008

Binding

Hardback

Pagination

214

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