By Christopher Corèdon
An curiosity within the heart a while frequently brings the non-specialist reader up brief opposed to a note or time period which isn't understood or in basic terms imperfectly understood. This dictionary is meant to place an finish to all that - although the sort of declare is unavoidably rash. despite the fact that, it's been designed within the desire that it'll be of genuine aid to non-academic readers, and in certain cases perhaps even to experts. The dictionary includes a few 3,400 phrases as headwords, starting from the criminal and ecclesiastic to the extra prosaic phrases of everyday life. Latin used to be the language of the church, legislation and govt, and lots of Latin phrases illustrated listed below are often present in sleek books of heritage of the interval; equally, the appropriate which means of outdated English and center English phrases might elude latest reader: this dictionary endeavours to supply readability. as well as definition, etymologies of many phrases are given, within the trust that realizing the beginning and evolution of a note supplies a greater understanding....
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Next Ætheling. Prince or lord. A member of a royal AS family; a prince of the blood royal and heir to the throne; a person considered worthy of the throne. When used in the *ASC it was nearly always applied to members of the West Saxon royal family. [< OE æðeling = prince] – Cf. previous Affer. See AVER Affinity 1. *Canon law was strict in forbidding marriage between couples too closely related by marriage or by being a godparent. Such marriages could be rendered null by the Church. Thus, though a later instance, Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon was deemed null because she had allegedly been married to Henry’s brother, Arthur.
OFr. croup = an animal’s rear] Accrued. Her. Describes a *charge in the form of a full-grown tree. [< L accresco = to grow] Achievement. Her. A word synonymous with the more common ‘hatchments’. It was used esp. of coats of *arms displayed at a funeral, or on the front of the house of one who had died, or before a *tournament, which indicated a particularly distinguished feat of arms. When a monarch died his or her arms were blazoned on a *sable field. Acolyte. A priest’s assistant who carried out lesser tasks, such as carrying candles.
ACCOMPANIED Accroupi. Her. Resting, of a lion. [< OFr. croup = an animal’s rear] Accrued. Her. Describes a *charge in the form of a full-grown tree. [< L accresco = to grow] Achievement. Her. A word synonymous with the more common ‘hatchments’. It was used esp. of coats of *arms displayed at a funeral, or on the front of the house of one who had died, or before a *tournament, which indicated a particularly distinguished feat of arms. When a monarch died his or her arms were blazoned on a *sable field.