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Revised Medieval Latin Word-List: from British and Irish Sources (Medieval Latin Dictionary (British Academy)) [Hardcover]

R. E. Latham
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24 Jun 1965 Medieval Latin Dictionary (British Academy)
This reference work of medieval Latin words has been prepared under the direction of a committee appointed by the British Academy.

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  • Hardcover: 535 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (24 Jun 1965)
  • Language: Latin
  • ISBN-10: 0197258913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0197258910
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 16.7 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
The "Revised Medieval Latin Word List" by R.E. Latham is an excellent reference work for students of British and Irish medieval history. Latin was the lingua franca of the medieval period, used in government, by the church, by scholars and chroniclers alike, meaning that the majority of our sources are written in the language. Many of these sources have now been published in English translation, but occasionally students might still want to refer to the original text, in which case this book will come in useful.

The book's scope is wide, extending to military, political, social, legal, administrative, theological, musical, heraldric and scientific terms, and particularly those for which the meaning in the medieval period was substantially different from that in classical times. The definitions supplied are all derived from British and Irish sources dating between the 6th and the 17th centuries. This means that for each word there are often a choice of translations according to date, and it is usually possible to find one that closely matches the period of whatever text is being studied.

I found it highly useful as part of my university dissertation in translating medieval chronicles, where certain words and terms are used that are not covered by a standard (classical) Latin dictionary. It should be noted that this book, though a useful companion, is not in itself a comprehensive Latin reference and that at times it will be necessary to resort to a standard dictionary - for example, the Chambers-Murray "Latin-English Dictionary" by Smith and Lockwood.

The "Revised Medieval Latin Word List" is a handy resource but still very much a specialist book, useful for students and for academics.
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very useful for research as the range of words and definitons is very wide - found it extremly useful for translating 14th century documents
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed when stuck 3 Dec 2000
By Mark Thorne - Published on Amazon.com
Okay, you know if you're the kind of person who needs a book like this. You either don't need it, or you really, really, really need it--a lot. I've done some recent work translating some 14th century English land grants and charters, and this book is what made my work possible. I always have trusty Niermeyer right beside it, but nowadays I open up the Revised Word-list first, and more often than not, the right answer is right there, and downright simple. I like the font, too. Small thing, but nice when you're staring at or scanning through any book for hours on end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference - useful for students of medieval history 21 April 2008
By The Wanderer - Published on Amazon.com
The "Revised Medieval Latin Word List" by R.E. Latham is an excellent reference work for students of British and Irish medieval history. Latin was the lingua franca of the medieval period, used in government, by the church, by scholars and chroniclers alike, with the result that the majority of our sources are written in the language. Many of these sources have now been published in English translation, but still at times students may want to refer to the original text, in which case this book will come in useful.

Included within the scope of this book are military, political, social, legal, administrative, theological, musical, heraldric and scientific terms - in particular those for which the meaning in the medieval period was substantially different from that in classical times. The definitions supplied are all derived from British and Irish sources dating between the 6th and the 17th centuries. This means that for each word there are often given a choice of translations according to date, and it is usually possible to find one that closely matches the period of whatever text is being studied.

I found it highly useful as part of my university dissertation in translating medieval chronicles, where certain words and terms are used that are not covered by a standard (classical) Latin dictionary. It should be noted that this book, though a useful companion, is not in itself a comprehensive Latin reference and that at times it will be necessary to resort to a standard dictionary - for example, the Chambers-Murray "Latin-English Dictionary" by Smith and Lockwood.

The "Revised Medieval Latin Word List" is a handy resource but still very much a specialist book, useful for students and for academics. For more casual readers of medieval history, it may be worth considering Christopher Corèdon's "A Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases", a general reference which also includes Old and Middle English terms. Meanwhile, for someone interested in learning more about the language of medieval Latin itself, better choices might be Keith Sidwell's "Reading Medieval Latin" or E.A. Gooder's "Latin for Local History".
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