The wit of the Irish?

What’s unusual about the Irish [medieval] material is that it’s all spelled out so clearly.  This is partly because Irish law codes were the work of a class of legal specialists who seem to have turned the whole thing almost into a form of entertainment, devoting endless hours to coming up with every possible abstract possibility.  Some of the provisos are so whimsical (“if stung by another man’s bee, one must calculate the extent of the injury, but also, if one swatted it in the process, subtract the replacement value of the bee”) that one has to assume they were simply jokes.

That is from David Graeber’s Debt: The First 5,000 Years.


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