Various factors, including Marian devotion in seventh- and eighth-century Ireland, The indigenous Brehon Laws were committed to parchment about the 7th century, most likely by clerics.Most scholars now believe that the secular laws were not compiled independently of monasteries.
It was an early example of international law in that it was to be enforced in Ériu and Albu, (Ireland and Britain) although Britain refers to only what is now northern Scotland for it was the kings of that region who were guarantors of the Law.
As with later clerical efforts, such as the Peace and Truce of God movement in millennial France, the law may have been of limited effectiveness.
Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work! The text of these laws, written in the most archaic form of the Gaelic language, dates back to the 7th and 8th centuries and is so difficult to translate that the official renderings are to some extent conjectural.
The ancient Irish judge, or Brehon, was an arbitrator, umpire, and expounder of the law, rather than a judge in the modern sense.
The Cáin Adomnáin (Law of Adomnán), also known as the Lex Innocentium (Law of Innocents), was promulgated amongst a gathering of Irish, Dál Riatan and Pictish notables at the Synod of Birr in 697.
It is named after its initiator Adomnán of Iona, ninth Abbot of Iona after St. It is called the "Geneva Accords" of the ancient Irish, for its protection of women and non-combatants, extending the Law of Patrick, which protected monks, to civilians.
Kinship with the clan was an essential qualification for holding any office or property.
The rules of kinship largely determined status with its correlative rights and obligations.
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