Daily Life in Medieval Europe

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Glossary
aketon. A padded cloth tunic worn for protection in combat.
almoner. An administrative officer responsible for distributing charity.
almonry. A building in a monastery used as a charitable residence for the poor.
bailey. A large enclosed area within a castle.
barbican. A fortified enclosure outside a gate, designed to protect it.
battlements or crenellations. Openings at the top of a fortified wall to allow defenders to shoot through.
bolter. A person who sifts flour through a sifting-cloth.
braies. A type of loose trousers worn as underwear.
canon. One of a body of priests serving in a cathedral or in a community of priests living under a monastic-style rule.
chamber. See solar.
coif. A simple linen cap or bonnet worn by men.
confession. A religious ceremony in which the individual confesses his sins to a priest.
confirmation. A religious ceremony admitting an individual as a full member of the church.
cottager. A peasant who holds a cottage but no lands in the village fields.

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