Charlene M. Eska

Charlene M. Eska

Fellow: Awarded 2022
Field of Study: Medieval and Renaissance History

Competition: US & Canada

Charlene M. Eska is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Her work is primarily concerned with Early Irish law, manuscripts studies, and law as represented in medieval Irish literature. Her first two books, Cáin Lánamna: An Early Irish Tract on Marriage and Divorce Law (Brill, 2010) and A Raven’s Battle-Cry: The Limits of Judgment in the Medieval Irish Legal Tract Anfuigell (Brill, 2019), present critical editions and translations of texts concerned with divorce law and exceptions to legal principles, respectively. Her third book, scheduled for publication in 2022, brings together a newly discovered text on lost and stolen property, Aidbred, and two other legal texts on lost property and maritime law. She is currently working on a critical edition and translation of Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh’s seventeenth-century legal glossary. This glossary, which is partially based on versions of legal texts no longer extant, provides us with some insight into an otherwise lost world of medieval Irish legal scholarship.

Photo Credit: Joseph F. Eska

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