A Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases
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320 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

A Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

by Christopher Corèdon and Ann Williams

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The first dictionary of medieval terms intended for the non-specialist with an interest in the medieval world.
An interest in the middle ages often brings the non-specialist reader up short against a word or term which is not understood or only imperfectly understood. This dictionary is intended to put an end to all that: it has been designed to be of real help to general readers and specialists alike.
The dictionary contains some 3,400 terms as headwords, ranging from the legal and ecclesiastic to the more prosaic words of daily life. Latin was the language of the church, law and government, and many Latin terms illustrated here are frequently found in modern books of history of the period; similarly, the precise meaning of Old English and Middle English terms may elude today's reader: this dictionary endeavours to provide clarity. In addition to definition, etymologies of many words are given, in the belief that knowing the origin and evolution of a word gives a better understanding. 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, then, very clear to use, general-purpose as well as a useful desk-source for the expert, and suitable for the academic library where the medieval period is seriously studied." 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.it succeeds magnificently. [...] It is an invaluable resource." HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW
"Whoever reads about medieval subjects will wish to own this handy and reliable reference work, and all reference libraries should have it." INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF BIBLICAL STUDIES
"A very useful book." REFERENCE REVIEWS
"Has many good points; [and is] a pleasure to browse through. [...] More than fulfils its promise to be of assistance to any non-academic reader of history and as such should be on the shelf of all avid readers of medieval history." JNL of the AUSTRALIAN EARLY MEDIEVAL ASSOCIATION
"This wondrous dictionary...an excellent and accessible publication that would greatly enhance any historical collection. www.randlesreviews.co.uk" .

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Title Details

320 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Imprint: D.S.Brewer