Daily Life in Chaucer's England

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Glossary
acolyte A cleric in minor orders who assisted a priest or deacon in his duties.
alderman A member of a city council.
ale A form of beer made without hops.
apprentice A young person learning a craft or trade.
archdeacon A church officer assigned to assist the bishop in administering his bishopric, having especial authority for church courts.
aristocracy The second estate of medieval political theory, the warrior class. The term is a modern one: medieval English had no clear-cut word for this class as a whole, although the adjective "gentle" was applied to people of this class.
astrolabe An astronomical instrument.
Ave Maria A formulaic prayer to the Virgin Mary, deriving from the words spoken by the Archangel Gabriel to Mary announcing the conception of Christ.
banneret See knight banneret.
bascinet A form of close-fitting helmet.
brazier A vessel for holding coals to provide heat.
breech A man's undergarment, vaguely comparable to modern boxer shorts.
canon law The body of law administered by the Church, pertaining to such topics as morality, religious observation, and marriage.
carding The process of brushing wool so that the fibers are free of tangles and run in a single direction.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction ix
  • 1 - Historical Background to Chaucer's England 1
  • 2 - Chaucer's World 9
  • 3 - The Course of Life Birth 39
  • 4 - Cycles of Time 61
  • 5 - The Living Environment 79
  • 6 - Clothing and Accessories 93
  • 7 - Arms and Armor 137
  • 8 - Food and Drink 159
  • 9 - Entertainments 179
  • Glossary 215
  • Appendix A: The Medieval Event 221
  • Notes CHAPTER 2: CHAUCER'S WORLD 231
  • Bibliography 241
  • Index 247
  • About the Authors 253
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