The Status of Women in Early Irish Society
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The paper discusses how the end of the seventh century AD was a time when women had essential equality with men when it came to marriage. In particular, the paper notes how both parties could enter into marriages featuring a joint contribution of assets, how a woman was allowed to put a brake on any major purchasing decision by her husband she found disagreeable or wrong-headed and how a woman was entitled to redress if her private property was misused by her spouse. The paper also devotes time to looking at how a woman could petition the courts for a legal redress if her husband had misplaced or damaged her possessions and then chose to ignore her pleas for some kind of compensation. The paper also provides a review of how men who were laggard in the discharge of their marital duties could end up suffering a penalty when the marital riches were divided up at the end of a union. Additionally, the paper explores how the work of a woman within the marriage in terms of adding value to things was calculated, and finally, the paper examines different marital arrangements where one party or the other contributed the bulk of things to the marriage as opposed to it being an equitable 'split'. The paper shows how the idea that western society has always been unrepentantly sexist does not stand up in the case of Ireland; if anything, the Irish - right in the middle of the so-called Dark Ages - were far in advance of much of the rest of the world for centuries.
From the Paper:"The following paper will look at the status of women in early Irish society. Specifically, the paper will look at how the end of the seventh century AD, for reasons which are a bit of a mystery, was a time when women had essential equality with men when it came to marriage. In particular, the next several pages will note how both parties could enter into marriages featuring a joint contribution of assets, how a woman was allowed to put a brake on any major purchasing decision by her husband she found disagreeable or wrong-headed (although it is not clear if she could force a spouse to relent in making a particular purchase when the matter..."
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