I have a winter tradition of curling up over the cold months and chewing through an early Irish legal text.
Not particularly motivated to so this year as rather than being able to enjoy picking apart one text I am going to have to go on a much wider search through the entire body of work and gauge the extent to which specific terms (relating to female status) are used.
I also need to ask a more vexing question, can any Latin legal/ philosophical influence be associated with particular Irish legal concepts and the fragmentary narrative that surrounds them? In this regard I am most interested in legal beings placed on the human animal border, those denied full status under law but accorded partial status in specific situations.
I think the trick to perform here is not to expect any clear picture to emerge, and hope that something new may be found that utterly throws and changes my perception of the subject.