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Sláine Ní Bhriain

Also Known As: "Slani of Munster"
Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Kincora, Munster, Ireland
Death: 1037 (57)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Brian Boru, High king of Ireland and Mór (Eachraidh) nic Eidigean
Wife of Sihtric "Silkbeard" Olafsson, King of Dublin
Mother of Óláfr the White Sigtryggsson, King of Dublin; N.N. ferch Sitric Silkbeard; Godfrid (Guthfrith) king of Dublin Guthfrith; Ivar Sigtrygsson king of Dublin; Harald (Amlaíb) Sigtryggson and 1 other
Sister of Morough O'Brien, King of Leinster; Darbforgaill of Leinster; Flann mac Brian and Conchobar mac Brian
Half sister of Bé Binn and Tadg Mac Briain, King of Thomond

Occupation: KING OF DUBLIN
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About Sláine Ní Bhriain

Slaine, the daughter of Brian Boru, was married for sake of alliance; to Sitric I ,King of Dublin.

Sláine speaks twice in the Cogadh with words designed to irritate her husband, Sitric, king of Dublin, as he watches Brian Boru’s men defeat his forces at the Battle of Clontarf from atop the battlements of his city. The first instance occurs after Sitric makes a remark about the prowess of his allies on the field of battle. Sláine replied: “it will be at the end of the day that will be seen."

The second time Sláine goaded her husband so greatly that he struck her: “It appears to me,’ said she, ‘that the foreigners have gained their inheritance.’ ‘What meanest thou, O woman?’ said Amlaibh’s son. ‘The foreigners are going into the sea, their natural inheritance,’ said she; ‘I wonder is it heat that is upon them; but they tarry not to milked, if it is.’ The son of Amlaibh became angered, and he gave her a blow.”

This behaviour, unlike our modern conceptions, espouses loyalty to natal kin instead of ones husband. However, this is somewhat expected in context.

Ref. Battle of Clontarf; Slaine, daughter of Brian, <,%20Daughter%20of%20Brian%3A%20''It%20appears%20to%20me,%E2%80%99%20said%20she,%20%E2%80%98that%20the%20foreigners%20have%20gained%20their%20inheritance''%20 >