The Law of Women

Law of Women Texts

The law of women is found as a separate tractate in the law texts, and often the piece has been labelled as a text. The tractate discusses the rights of women in Wales in the middle ages, but the main focus is on the unions between men and women, and the exchanges which would result from that. The main emphasis of the section is on economic matters and inheritance. In the Iorwerth texts there is an additional linked section looking at children.
(c)Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru

(c)Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru

*Jenkins, D., and M. E. Owen, (eds.), The Welsh Law of Women, (Cardiff, 1980).

Ní Chonaill, B., ‘Fosterage in Ireland and Wales’, in Celtic Culture: An Historical Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, 2006).

Jenkins, D., ‘Ysgar Mewn Cyfraith a Chrefydd’, Y Traethodydd 125 (1970), 35-47.

Roberts, S. E., ‘Emerging from the Bushes: The Welsh Law of Women and the Legal Triads’, in J. F. Eska (ed.), Law, Literature and Society: CSANA Yearbook 7 (Dublin, 2008), 58-76.

Stacey, R. Chapman., ‘Divorce, Medieval Welsh Style’, Speculum 77 (2002), 1107-1127.


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