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
|Publisher:||Facts on File, Incorporated|
|Edition description:||1 PBK ED|
|Product dimensions:||7.34(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.78(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About 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.