Fasting For Justice Under the Brehon Law

In this video we will discuss the custom of troscud, or fasting, found in the early Irish brehon laws.

Troscud was a form of distress that carried strong social pressure, and which had legal support as an act of due process.

It was a principle which sought to empower a weaker party in compelling a stronger party to comply with justice.

On one hand it provided a mechanism for the parties to deal with the matter privately and protect the nemed's honour; on the other it empowered a weaker party into a much stronger position.

From the Brehon Laws online course:


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