Saturday, June 22, 2013

Fun Fact Saturday: Tudor Words Glossary (H-L)

Historical romance starts with research. Getting the period right is so important. In my hunt for history, I uncover a lot of interesting and random facts. This month, I'm spotlighting the most common words and terms used during the 16th century, one of my favorite eras.


 Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII, The Tudors (2007-2010)

Hap - chance or fortune.

Harlot - another term for a woman who was unfaithful or had slept with men other than her husband.

Hench boy - a page.

Hochhepot - a mixture, referring originally to a soup or stew.

Hose - clothing for the legs and loins.

Ire - anger, irritability, the deadly sin of wrath.

Jangler - chatterer, loud talker, teller of dirty stories.

Jangles - gossip.

Jape - to jest or joke.

Jerkin - a jacket worn over the doublet. 

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Jigmaker - a ballad writer.

Jobbernowl - a jocular term for the head, usually connoting stupidity.

Jointure - an arrangement usually concluded during marriage negotiations whereby a man set aside property to be used for support of his wife after his death. Many women had to fight for their jointures after the deaths of their husbands. Mary Howard was said to hold a grudge against her father, the Duke of Norfolk, for failing to defend her jointure with the king after the death of her husband, Henry's natural son, Henry Fitzroy.

Joust - one to one combat.

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Jousting - a Medieval/Renaissance amusement where two men on horseback charge at each other with lances. For each hit a point is awarded, and if a player was unseated, his opponent won the game.

Kill-cow - a butcher, a murderous fellow, a great fighter.

Kim-kam - crooked, perverse.

Kirtle - consisted of a bodice and skirt sewn together and fell in ample folds which trailed on the ground.

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Knacker - a harness maker.

Leche/Leech - physician, healer.

List - to please, wish, or desire.

Luxury - lechery.

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