Medieval Wordbook

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Did you know that garbage was once considered a delicacy? That the hand grenade got its name from the pomegranate? That pretzels were originally designed to represent young scholars at prayer? These are just a few of the amusing discoveries you’ll make in Medieval Wordbook.

This spellbinding journey into the culture, customs, and important events of the middle ages is a word-lover’s dream come true. It scours the beer halls, battlefields, ...

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Overview

Did you know that garbage was once considered a delicacy? That the hand grenade got its name from the pomegranate? That pretzels were originally designed to represent young scholars at prayer? These are just a few of the amusing discoveries you’ll make in Medieval Wordbook.

This spellbinding journey into the culture, customs, and important events of the middle ages is a word-lover’s dream come true. It scours the beer halls, battlefields, convents, and castles of the distant past to enrich your appreciation of thousands of words and phrases you hear every day, and deepen your understanding of a lively, complex, and long-lost culture.

You may know what a flugelhorn is, but what’s a flugel? What’s the difference between a jube and a jupe? A cantir and a cantor? Thring and throng? The expressions you’ll encounter, however similar some may sound, are drawn from a wide variety of subject areas, including music, architecture, fashion, religion, warfare, science, literature, law, and more. You’ll soon be conversant with

  • Why a gossip was considered a good companion

  • Why courtesy was an obligation, not an option

  • Why tenure wasn’t just for teachers

  • How to bulldoze without a bulldozer

  • How medieval women could be buxom without being shapely



 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816044979
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Madeline Pelner Cosman was an attorney, medical law expert, and professional medievalist. She published fifteen books on medieval and medico-legal subjects, including Women at Work in Medieval Europe and Fabulous Feasts: Medieval Cookery and Ceremony.

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