From “deshaché” and “esteté” to “decressant” and “bretesse,” I imagine these heraldic terms from medieval coats of arms would be especially useful to the literary grimdark or litHEMA fantasy writer. Enjoy!
Here’s yet another thing that proves medieval people were much more sophisticated than we give them credit for–a long list of materials used in clothing, bedding, napery and drapery (with pictures).
Somewhere in the Caribbean…
Adossé (from heraldry) “back to back” – Example: His coat-armor emblazoned two lions adossé. Affronté / Confronté (from heraldry) “facing one another” … More
Whether you’re a poet looking for words that start with L or a student trying to understand what a lazarette … More
VINTENAR Vintenar means, in medieval England, a leader of a score of footmen, more specifically a leader of twenty draft … More
This is not a historical lesson with dates and events, but a mechanical lesson to explain the physical differences between … More
The other day I added guar to my Book of Words. Then I thought, wait … am I getting guar … More
Palfrey – a compliable horse for casual riding, especially by women. Mule, hinny – the offspring of a male donkey and a … More
An estoc, used from the 14th to the 17th century, is an edgeless two-handed sword designed specifically for fighting against … More
Faulds and tonlets are both pieces of armor worn below the breastplate to protect the groin and waist, but some … More
A swordbreaker is a dagger or shortsword with deep notches on one side of the blade, used for catching and grappling … More
Used historically by militia in the Franco-Flemish War of the 14th century, the goedendag is the combination of a club and a … More