By Christopher CorÃ¨don
An curiosity within the heart a while frequently brings the non-specialist reader up brief opposed to a notice or time period which isn't understood or in basic terms imperfectly understood. This dictionary is meant to place an finish to all that: it's been designed to be of genuine support to common readers and experts alike. The dictionary comprises a few 3,400 phrases as headwords, starting from the felony and ecclesiastic to the extra prosaic phrases of lifestyle. Latin used to be the language of the church, legislations and govt, and lots of Latin phrases illustrated listed below are usually present in smooth books of historical past of the interval; equally, the proper that means of outdated English and heart English phrases may perhaps elude trendy reader: this dictionary endeavours to supply readability.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 notice offers a greater figuring out. There also are examples of medieval phrases and words nonetheless in use this present day, a different relief to clarifying that means.
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The district within the jurisdiction of a *bailiff. [< bailiff + OE wic= office, function] – Cf. previous; -wick Baillonné. Her. Carrying a *baton in the mouth (of an animal). Bajulus aquilae. A *steward officer in the Order of St John of Jerusalem. In English he was known as the Baillie of the Eagle. [L bajulus = steward; aquilae = of the eagle] Bakers, Worshipful Company of. The bakers of London are first found in the *Pipe Rolls of 1155, when they made an annual payment to the *exchequer. The bakers were given authority by London’s aldermen to enforce the assize of bread within two miles of the city, excluding the city of Westminster.
OE bædling = a womanish man] Baggage train. g. the baggage trains of the king with all the household goods and administrative paperwork required during his *itinerary. If oxen were used to pull wagons, some 10 miles a day might be covered; a similar train drawn by horses would be expected to cover 25 miles a day. – Cf. Caballus; Gardein; Preequitator Bagwyn. Her. An imaginary creature resembling an antelope but with the tail of a horse and horns grown over the ears. – Cf. Babewyn Bail [bayle].
These diaphanous confections remain one of the most distinctive items of medieval clothing. Attachias. A *chancery writ issued to ensure a person’s attendance at its court by making him find pledges to appear or by arresting him. Attainder, Act of. A convenient parliamentary device by which political opponents could be convicted of *treason without the inconvenience of a trial. e. guilty. As a result all property was forfeit, civil liberties were rendered null, and the guilty party’s ‘blood’ was deemed corrupted.