By Christopher Corèdon
An curiosity within the center a long time frequently brings the non-specialist reader up brief opposed to a observe or time period which isn't understood or in simple terms imperfectly understood. This dictionary is meant to place an finish to all that: it's been designed to be of actual support to basic readers and experts alike. The dictionary includes a few 3,400 phrases as headwords, starting from the felony and ecclesiastic to the extra prosaic phrases of way of life. Latin used to be the language of the church, legislation and executive, and lots of Latin phrases illustrated listed here are often present in smooth books of historical past of the interval; equally, the perfect that means of outdated English and heart English phrases could elude present day reader: this dictionary endeavours to supply readability.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 starting place and evolution of a be aware supplies a greater knowing. There also are examples of medieval phrases and words nonetheless in use this day, another relief to clarifying that means. CHRISTOPHER COREDON has additionally compiled the Dictionary of Cybernyms. Dr ANN WILLIAMS, ancient advisor at the venture, was once until eventually her retirement Senior Lecturer in medieval heritage on the Polytechnic of North London.
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With 19 a dictionary of medieval terms and phrases visor, *beaver and *gorget and secured with chin straps. It became the archetypal helmet, used throughout Europe. – Cf. Basinet Armiger. An esquire; orig. a young man who attended a knight by carrying his shield. The Latin form was armigerus. g. when John Leland mentioned in his Itinerary two members of a 14c family, ‘Thomas Golaffre, armiger, . . and Syr Morice Brun, knight’. It was the Latin form for what we know as a country squire, a man with land, well-born but not knighted.
In 1330 it was granted a licence to collect alms in England. As it was nominally an *alien priory it was taken by the crown in the latter half of the 14c. In the 14c it was being used as a place for the insane, whence our use of ‘bedlam’ = a place of chaos. Bedrepium. Cf. next; Boon work 36 a dictionary of medieval terms and phrases Bedrip. Work on the harvest performed by tenants as part of the customary dues to their lord. This was usually for a specified amount of time, one or two days. The Latin form was bedrepium.
Next Babewyn. Any of the ugly or demonic creatures which populate medieval artwork; many are to be found cut in *cathedral stone, tucked away from first gaze. [< OFr. babuin = grimace, baboon; ME babywynrie = something monstrous] – Cf. previous; Bagwyn; Bestiary; Blemmya; Cynocephalus; Gryllus Babylon. Geography in medieval Europe was rudimentary. In this period Cairo was known in the West as Babylon. China was thought to be at the source of the Nile, as its silk was shipped down that river to Babylon/Cairo.
A Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases by Christopher Corèdon