By Christopher Corèdon
An curiosity within the heart a long time frequently brings the non-specialist reader up brief opposed to a observe or time period which isn't understood or in basic terms imperfectly understood. This dictionary is meant to place an finish to all that - even though this sort of declare is unavoidably rash. despite the fact that, it's been designed within the wish that it'll be of actual aid to non-academic readers, and now and again 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 everyday life. Latin used to be the language of the church, legislations and executive, and plenty of Latin phrases illustrated listed here are often present in sleek books of historical past of the interval; equally, the best which means of outdated English and heart English phrases could elude modern reader: this dictionary endeavours to supply readability. as well as definition, etymologies of many phrases are given, within the trust that figuring out the beginning and evolution of a observe provides a greater understanding....
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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. Colloquial term for money given as an earnest of good intent; also, money given when a servant was hired. There was no connection with the town named Arles; rather the word is *arra with a dim. sense contributed by -le. Armarium [armadium]. The Latin term for a chest in which vessels for use in the mass were kept. The English version was *‘ambry’.
This apostasy eliminated any scruple about waging war on the Saracens, for example. Apparitor [apparator]. The servant or officer of a court, ecclesiastical or civil, with the duty of summoning attendance; later an usher or *herald. The Latin word was taken and used in English without change. [< L apparitor = a civil, public, servant] – Cf. BEADLE Appellants. The name derives from the ‘appeal’ of treason against the friends of Richard II in parliament in 1387 made by the group of magnates who opposed the king.
The word was qualified by many adjectives. For example, acceptor de pertica = a hawk off the perch; acceptor mutatus = a mewed hawk; acceptoricius canis = a spaniel accompanying hunts with hawks. – Cf. MEW Accident. A medieval philosophic concept indicating the material body of an object, as distinct from its essence (referred to as ‘substance’). e. its material quality as bread, was believed to remain, while the words of consecration had changed its substance or essence into the body of Christ.
A Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases by Christopher Corèdon