A Medieval Turn of Phrase - Medieval Glossary
One of the most striking things about the book, however is the language used. Granted, Scott deliberately used a very 'flowery' language throughout his story, but he also made reference to many truly medieval terms and phrases, some of which we still use today and some that we don't.
For example ....
- words we still use today - gaiters (leggings), muscadine (sweet wine), bodkin (needle)
- words we no longer hear - capul (horse), fortalice (fortress), senechal (steward)
To read more of the kind of vocabulary popular in medieval England, visit our Medieval Glossary.
If you're interested to read more about Sir Walter Scott, there's lots of information in the Walter Scott Digital Archive.