A Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases by Christopher Corèdon

By Christopher Corèdon

An curiosity within the center a while frequently brings the non-specialist reader up brief opposed to a be aware or time period which isn't understood or in simple terms imperfectly understood. This dictionary is meant to place an finish to all that - even though this type of declare is necessarily rash. although, it's been designed within the desire that it'll be of genuine support to non-academic readers, and every so often perhaps even to experts. The dictionary comprises a few 3,400 phrases as headwords, starting from the felony and ecclesiastic to the extra prosaic phrases of lifestyle. Latin used to be the language of the church, legislations and executive, and plenty of Latin phrases illustrated listed here are usually present in sleek books of historical past of the interval; equally, the correct that means of outdated English and heart English phrases might elude modern-day reader: this dictionary endeavours to supply readability. as well as definition, etymologies of many phrases are given, within the trust that figuring out the foundation and evolution of a observe supplies a greater understanding....

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The term is used of the eyes of an animal which are of a different *tincture from that of its body; also when the animal is posed as if ready to fight. – Cf. BEQUE; CRINED; MEMBERED; RAMÉ; UNGULED Annal. A year by year record of events set out in a *codex often with a single sentence for each year: it was a laconic, epigrammatic record of the past, chronicling the little news there was, when for most, the village or monastery was all they knew. [< L annalis = of a year] – Cf. Anglo-Saxon Chronicles Annales Cambriae.

They owned many pigs which were permitted to run freely in town streets and were required to wear bells as a sign of their ownership. ) All other citizens had to keep their pigs in their house. Anthropophagi. Man-eaters believed to live in distant regions of the world; part of the exotica which filled the medieval imagination for want of real knowledge. [< Gr. anthropophagos = anthropos = man + phagos = eating] – Cf. BABEWYN Antiphon. Orig. something sung by two choirs in turn. Texts from the Bible sung during a service, at the beginning and end of psalms.

The Latin form was abbatissa. – Cf. ABBOT Abbey. A community of monks or nuns, governed by an *abbot or *abbess; thus the building of such a community – each was part of one of the monastic orders; after the Dissolution, a church once belonging to such a community. [< OFr. abbeie < L abbatia = abbey, monastery] Abbey lubber. A lubber = an idle person, a sponger. Abbey lubber was one who existed on *doles and alms given out by abbeys and religious houses. They were considered professional beggars.

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