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: it's been designed to be of genuine aid to normal readers and experts alike. The dictionary comprises a few 3,400 phrases as headwords, starting from the criminal and ecclesiastic to the extra prosaic phrases of everyday life. Latin used to be the language of the church, legislations and govt, and lots of Latin phrases illustrated listed below are often present in sleek books of historical past of the interval; equally, the correct that means of previous English and center English phrases may possibly elude modern-day reader: this dictionary endeavours to supply readability. as well as definition, etymologies of many phrases are given, within the trust that realizing the beginning and evolution of a note provides a greater figuring out. There also are examples of medieval phrases and words nonetheless in use this present day, an extra relief to clarifying that means.

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High kings ruled in Ireland but rarely without some opposition, as they were not always acknowledged by provincial kings. Argent. Her. A white or silver *tincture. Argenteus. A silver shilling. [L argenteus = silver (adjective)] Arglwydd. The Welsh word for a lord, or one of the lesser rulers within Wales. When translated into Latin, dominus was used. Arglwydd replaced the Welsh word brenin in the late 12c and the early 13c when the overlordship of the English king was acknowledged. – Cf. Brenin Arles.

The stitching is laid and couched work in the solid shapes, with details in stem stitch. It was made between 1066 and 1082 – perhaps at Canterbury in the late 1070s – and was probably commissioned by Bishop Odo of Bayeux. It should be borne in mind that the tapestry tells the victor’s story, 35 a dictionary of medieval terms and phrases showing the downfall of King Harold II from the moment he took an oath before William, duke of Normandy, to his death at Hastings. – Cf. Arras BC. Abbr. of ‘Before Christ’.

Instead, at the Battle of Neville’s Cross, David himself was captured and the rood fell into English hands. It was taken to Durham Cathedral and placed in St Cuthbert’s shrine. At some time during the Dissolution it disappeared. – Cf. Rood 2 Black Rood of Waltham. The chief relic of Waltham Abbey, a life-size crucifix. A new church was consecrated in 1060, its chief patron being Harold Godwineson, later King Harold II. It was said that when Harold visited Waltham on his way from the Battle of Stamford Bridge to Hastings in 1066, the figure of Christ bowed its head in sorrow, having foresight of the king’s death.

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