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The Golden Gloss

The medieval glossary of English (old/middle/modern) words as used in the middle ages. Of highlight are words misunderstood or unknown to the general public (or newer participants.)

UPDATED 09/01/2023

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There are currently 4 terms in this directory beginning with the letter S.
Sable (heraldry)
The color black.

An open faced helmet with a characteristic swoop at the base of the neck.

An unfree peasant bound to the lord and owing substantial land or personal service. Alternative term for villein.

A loose term for peasants who hold a small number of acres, but not as many as a quarter-virgater.


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