Medieval manuscript The Laws of Hywel Dda back from USA sold for £541,250

"Andrew Green, Librarian, National Library of Wales, said: "The manuscript now adds an important part to the picture we have of this period and this subject and it will offer an opportunity, not only to scholars, but to children and people of all ages, to view this treasure.""

  • Marriage was considered an agreement, not a holy sacrament.
  • Divorce was permitted by common consent.
  • There was no punishment for theft - if the sole purpose was to stay alive.
  • Illegitimate children received the same rights as legitimate sons and daughters.
  • You were allowed to pick up three things if you found them in the road - a horseshoe, a nail and a penny.

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