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Tuesday, March 14, 2006


Britain, UK news from The Times and The Sunday Times - Times Online
Under a large-scale overhaul of the statute book, only 200 laws will be retained from the period between 1100 and 1800, when the Act of Union abolished the Irish parliament in Dublin after the 1798 rebellion against British rule.

The laws that will perish include such gems as the denial of a citizen’s right to adulterate coffee with sheep dung, the burning of witches at the stake, and the entertainment of crowds with tiger fights.
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YOU CAN'T WHAT?

Assizes of Arms (1181) forbids Jewish people from owning armour

An Act of 1421 provides for the “Pope’s sanction to a crusade against the Irish enemies to be sought”

An Act of 1360 makes provisions “against people associating with the Irish, using their language, or sending children to be nursed among them”

The parliament in Kilkenny passed an Act in 1366 forbidding the English from marrying Irish people
No tiger fights, no peace!

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