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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, and to complicated matters, the more aggressive side of their lives were supposed to be tempered by a rule of conduct, known as the Code of Chivalry. 497 more words

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


#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

A tale of two conferences, I: the International Medieval Congress (Leeds)

I’m writing this on the train back from York after a week of what I’ve been calling (rather awkwardly) ‘medieval fun-times’. It’s been a very busy few days for many people in the world of medieval studies: the early summer period, after undergraduates have gone home, is peak conference season, and this year was no exception. 1,177 more words



Extremely unpleasant or disgusting; deserving of hatred. Anglo-Norman “odiose” < Latin “odiosus” =offensive < “odium”=hatred.



Carter comes from an English surname, an occupational name which comes from Anglo-Norman careter meaning “cart-driver”, referring to someone who transported goods on a cart. 6 more words



Someone or something that causes annoyance. Anglo-Norman “nussance”=injury < Latin “nocere”=to harm + “ance”=noun-forming suffix.