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978-0-8160-4497-9 / 9780816044979

Medieval Wordbook

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Publisher:Facts on File

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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This workbook defines some 4000 medieval terms and expressions from art and architecture, sex and science, costume and cookery, literature and magic, liturgy and astrology, and warfare and ceremony. A companion to medieval culture; the book also included geneal concepts central to medieval thinking, such as allegory, polyphony, and numerology. Entries include: blackmail: Scottish for rent or tribute paid in grain or meat, as opposed to "white mail" paid in sliver or coin; corduroy: from the French corde du roi, "cloth of the king," is a ridged silk or cotton fabric; gossip: from the Anglo-Saxon god sib, "sister in God," a friendly woman companion; and upper crust: the top crust cut from round loaves of bread presented to the noble guest at feasts.

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