Friday, 17 March 2017

Vocabulary Break

SM Stirling, The Protector's War (New York, 2006), Chapter Sixteen, pp. 437-438.

" heads with spiked steel chamfrons on their faces and steel peytrals on their chests. The two behind were in knight's hauberks..." (pp. 437-438)

"...chop-shop Jesuses and shock-rock album cover art..." (p. 438)

"...knights with their own blazons..." (p. 438)

As with some passages by Poul Anderson, e.g., here, here, here, here, here and here, that is quite a lot of vocab. Here and here is some more by Stirling.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

The thing to remember about these "obsolete" technical terms is that the Change again made older forms of military technology practical. And that include terms like "chamfrons" and "peytrals" coming back into ordinary use.

And this neo-feudalism also meant heraldry also came back into common use. With twists like Harley-Davidson motorcycles being used for new coats of arms.