By Christopher Corèdon
An curiosity within the center a long time usually 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 one of these declare is unavoidably rash. in spite of the fact that, it's been designed within the wish that it'll be of genuine aid to non-academic readers, and now and again even perhaps to experts. The dictionary comprises a few 3,400 phrases as headwords, starting from the felony and ecclesiastic to the extra prosaic phrases of way of life. Latin was once the language of the church, legislations and govt, and lots of Latin phrases illustrated listed below are often present in glossy books of historical past of the interval; equally, the ideal which means of previous English and center English phrases may well elude latest reader: this dictionary endeavours to supply readability. as well as definition, etymologies of many phrases are given, within the trust that understanding the beginning and evolution of a note provides a greater understanding....
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Statutum armorum, 1292. This was intended to regulate tournaments and limit the dangers inherent in the sport. Weapons were to be blunted or *rebated: swords were not to be pointed and lances were to have a *coronal. There were also to be arbitrators to settle disputes. – Cf. ARMES COURTOISES Armures de fer. Lit. ‘armour of/armed with iron’. The collective term for knights and squires because they wore iron *mail. Arpent. A measure of land equal to approx. one acre. It was used by the Normans when measuring or describing the size of vineyards.
Dr ANN WILLIAMS, historical consultant on the project, was until her retirement Senior Lecturer in medieval history at the Polytechnic of North London. “Will attract any student and teacher and librarian keen to get a reasonably-priced all-purpose quick reference guide to some 3,000-4,000 terms regularly used in, and often found in, sources from and about the Middle Ages. ” LIBRARY REVIEW. “A superb example of clarity and concision…with a generous and readable layout. TLS [Intended] to provide the enthusiast with a guide to medieval language.
Inevitably, the non-specialist reader encounters words which are either unfamiliar or, more often, words being used which are ‘sort of’ understood, are familiar, but which, when checked, turn out to have unexpected meanings. In an attempt to aid a better understanding of these terms, an etymology has been given to many of them: the unfamiliar becomes clearer if one can see something of its origin. However, no claim to originality is being made by including etymologies. All have been checked against those offered in The Oxford English Dictionary and Onions’s The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology.