The Role of the Guest


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The Role of the Guest

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Edited: Jul 30, 2009, 1:27pm

I've drafted a blog in relation to the behaviour of guests, but I want to do some research into the ancient/historical expectations placed upon guests.

I am searching for references, either in source texts in literature, myths?, or historical accounts of the expectations of a guest. I've searched Fergus Kelly's "A Guide to Early Irish Law" and there is only reference to the host's duties. His bibliography gave no further guidance in relation to guests. I have been given vague references of a story being required from guests (in a time when news travelled slowly) but, again, no reference was give to source materials.

So, anyone think of anything that may help?