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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860773850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860773853
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Denis Stuartis the author of"A History of Staffordshire" and "Manorial Rec"ords."


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This book presents the basics of Latin grammar, together with a good selection of non-classical Latin vocabulary, and is one of only two books (the other being Latin for Local History by Eileen Gooder) that cover the topic of Latin for local historians and genealogists.

As someone who has taught myself Latin to a reasonable level, using this book among others, I do have a few minor criticisms. Some of the explanations are rather terse, and reference to a standard Latin textbook may be helpful in understanding some topics. There are also several minor errors that I have spotted, and there are no doubt others.

The book uses medieval Latin spellings, but in the early modern period classical spellings became the norm again and were widely used in documents used by family historians such as marriage bonds, probate clauses in wills and on monumental inscriptions. This is not explained, and there are examples from documents of this type using medieval Latin spelling in which the family history researcher is more likely to encounter classical spelling, which may be confusing to readers of this book who have little experience of such documents.

On page 37, the author states that 'The past perfect tense is sometimes formed not with sum, es, est etc. but with eram, eras, erat etc.' That is perfectly correct, but it was also often formed with fui, fuisti, fuit etc., with forms such as 'baptizatus(-a) fuit' quite common in parish registers, and 'probatum fuit' in probate clauses, and fuit is likely to be encountered more frequently that erat, so it would have been helpful if this had been mentioned at this point.

On page 38 the translation of 'teneri et firmiter obligari' is given as 'am bound and firmly held' but should be 'am held and firmly bound'.
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Well set out. A go-to book for beginners... useful too as a refresher.
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This soft cover book has completely fallen apart after little usage! A fine tutorial but with hidden errors in the text.... So be careful!
Having said this..... If you can spot these errors..... You are well underway in learning from Denise!! ......... A fine Tutor indeed.
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a good interesting , useful book.
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