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A Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases par [Corèdon, Christopher, Williams, Ann]
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Longueur : 318 pages Langue : Anglais

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Présentation de l'éditeur

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 endto all that - though such a claim is inevitably rash. However, it has been designed in the hope that it will be of real help to non-academic readers, and in some cases maybe even to specialists.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, andmany 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: thisdictionary 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.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 318 pages
  • Editeur : D S Brewer (3 février 2005)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00G8OBXUS
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HASH(0x94787eb8) étoiles sur 5 Almost a mini-encyclopedia...addictive to browse! 25 février 2006
Par Kelly Cannon Hess - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
What a pity this book doesn't have the "look inside" feature enabled. I almost doubted it was worth its rather steep price. But when I got a nice fat Amazon gift certificate for Christmas, I took the plunge and found that yes, it is worth it.

I've been an amateur medievalist for about 8 years and have done considerable independent reading. There are words in this book that I've never seen before (ex. leaning staffs: crutch-like sticks that the old and infirm leaned on in church, where it was forbidden to sit). There are words in this book that I've seen but not quite understood, and couldn't find in any other reference work, online or print (ex. chevauchee: warfare by attrition). There are words I've seen conflicting definitions of elsewhere; the DICTIONARY clears up the confusion (ex. garderobe: first, a place to store clothing; only later was the word used as a euphemism for an indoor privy).

This book does more than define words. Many of its entries are so comprehensive (ex. mini-histories of sheriffs and the Cistercian order) as to be encyclopedic. These encapsulations go beyond simply clarifying a particular word or phrase; they actually enhance my understanding of key aspects of the Middle Ages. Topics covered in the DICTIONARY include culture, war, heraldry, church and law, to name just a few. Medieval Latin terms get substantial exposure as well.

I own Cosman's MEDIEVAL WORDBOOK and have found it to be passable as a reference, though not much for browsing. A DICTIONARY OF MEDIEVAL TERMS AND PHRASES is a book I could almost sit and read from cover to cover, just for the joy of discovery.
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HASH(0x963ec900) étoiles sur 5 Helpful Research Tool 28 août 2006
Par Faithful Reader, USA - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Not exactly bedtime reading, it is a dictionary after all, but what a fine dictionary of medieval terms and phrases. I am researching early Anglo-Saxon England and find this a very helpful tool indeed. For the price it is a real bargain.
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HASH(0x9478a99c) étoiles sur 5 Filled with all sorts of things I've wondered about. 29 août 2008
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I have used this book several times as I read novels about the medieval period. It has helped me a great deal. It's filled with valuable information and good insight. But I have encountered a few times where I was not able to find something in particular, to my disappointment. I mean it is a pretty thick book and I assumed it would have everything in it. But not so.
But it is still a valuable addition to my collection and I know I will use it often.
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HASH(0x94915ae0) étoiles sur 5 A Truly Interesting and Fun Book 3 juillet 2010
Par Ray - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The title of this volume, though technically correct, is perhaps not the best way to view this book. For although this is indeed a "dictionary," the book is written in such a manner that almost encourages a page-by-page reading approach. In fact, once I started perusing the volume, I found for myself that it was almost better suited for me as a book to be read from cover to cover.

The volume is filled with interesting facts, descriptions, and, yes, definitions, regarding the middle ages. It is not an exhaustive coverage, encyclopedia-like book like The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, but is rather a series of descriptions intended for the lay reader or armchair medievalist covering all facets of medieval life and custom. It is excellently written, and it will undoubtedly stir within you the desire to read and study more about a whole host of topics. Any medievalist would like to have this volume in the library. You can look things up to find definitions of now obscure terms, but you can really indulge yourself by starting at the beginning and let the book guide you, step by step and word by word, through medieval life. A truly fascinating book.
HASH(0x94915a2c) étoiles sur 5 excellent reference 27 décembre 2013
Par psycho headhunter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
this is an exellent book of reference for language that is archaic and helps give insight into the medieval mindset and political/religious points of the time it is also helpful to those of us that like to read ancient and medieval documents and stories a must have in any historical library of the time. it gives latin ermanic and slavic terms and phrases and helps with modern american english. anyone who likes legend and mythology will also love this chaucer monmouth malory and norse french mythologies arthurian and war observations.
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