By Christopher Corèdon
An curiosity within the center a while usually brings the non-specialist reader up brief opposed to a observe or time period which isn't understood or simply imperfectly understood. This dictionary is meant to place an finish to all that - notwithstanding this type of declare is unavoidably rash. notwithstanding, it's been designed within the desire that it'll be of actual support to non-academic readers, and often times perhaps even to experts. The dictionary comprises a few 3,400 phrases as headwords, starting from the criminal and ecclesiastic to the extra prosaic phrases of lifestyle. Latin was once the language of the church, legislations and executive, and plenty of Latin phrases illustrated listed here are usually present in glossy books of heritage of the interval; equally, the perfect which means of outdated English and center English phrases could elude latest reader: this dictionary endeavours to supply readability.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 supplies a greater understanding....
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MULIERCULAE Ars scribendi artificialiter. Lit. ‘the art of writing artificially’. The Latin phrase used by printers for their new craft of printing books. Arthurian romance. Much medieval literature centres on a British king, Arthur. Although mentioned in a 9c chronicle, Arthur’s role was perhaps founded in literature in the Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain) by Geoffrey of Monmouth. 1100–75), added the story of the Round Table, after which the court of Arthur became the focus of chivalric tales of courtly romance in England and the continent.
See BARONS, ARTICLES OF THE Artillator. See ATTILLATOR Artiller. A maker of weapons; from this we have ‘artillery’. [< OFr. artiller = arms] – Cf. ATTILLATOR Artist. In the 13c ‘artist’ (Latin records used artista) was applied to those who studied the *trivium: the liberal arts – grammar, *rhetoric, and logic – which were all language-based. The word was used of a knowledgeable person. [< L ars = skill, craft] – Cf. QUADRIVIUM Arx. A small fortified position or small building. [< L arx = a stronghold or defensive position] Ascendant.
There are also examples of medieval terms and phrases still in use today, a further aid to clarifying meaning. CHRISTOPHER COREDON has also compiled the Dictionary of Cybernyms. 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.
A Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases by Christopher Corèdon