Tags » Anglo-Norman

purchase

To buy something; to grab on to something. Anglo-Norman “purchacere”=to obtain, get < “pur”=forward + “chasser”=to hunt, chase.

Etymology

escutcheon

An emblem or shield with a coat of arms. Anglo-Norman “escuchon” < Latin “scutum”=shield.

Etymology

affray

A public disturbance or fight. Anglo-Norman “afrayer”=to disturb or startle < ?Latin “affraium”=brawl, disturbance.

Etymology

The differing qualities of a hero: Beowulf vs. Sir Gawain

Heroes have captured the attention of readers for centuries, facing incredible odds, overcoming impossible obstacles, accomplishing things that encourage readers hearts and inspire their minds. Though they can often embody similar qualities, every tale’s hero is unique and special, altering to manifest the qualities valued at the time of their conception, changing to reflect the moral beliefs and thoughts of their author. 905 more words

Literary Analysis

Sir Gawain Exemplifying the Code of Chivalry

Being a knight was not easy, you had to be apt at swordplay, to have strength and be able to face the violence of the medieval ages. 523 more words

Literary Analysis

uncle

The brother of your mother or father, or the husband of your aunt. Anglo-Norman “unkel” < Latin “avunculus”=mother’s brother.

Etymology

#OTD in 988 – The Norse King Glúniairn recognises Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill, High King of Ireland, and agrees to pay taxes and accept Brehon Law; the event is considered to be the founding of the city of Dublin.

The earliest reference to Dublin is sometimes said to be found in the writings of Claudius Ptolemaeus (Ptolemy), the Egyptian-Greek astronomer and cartographer, around the year 140, who refers to a settlement called Eblana. 489 more words

Irish History