[Ansteorra] Fw: arbalest: M-W's Word of the Day
s_hertzberg at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 2 20:52:20 PST 2002
Well....yes, I did. ;)
Apprentice to Master Iolo Fitzowen
sometime Head Salesman of New World Arbalest
>But we all knew this one, didn't we? <G>
> > The Word of the Day for December 2 is:
> > arbalest \AHR-buh-list\ (noun)
> > : a crossbow especially of medieval times
> > Example sentence:
> > The destructive power of the arbalest was so greatly
> > feared during the 1100s that some governments tried to outlaw
> > its use.
> > Did you know?
> > The arbalest was the distance weapon of choice for
> > medieval armies. It was first mentioned in 1100 in _The Anglo-
> > Saxon Chronicle_, a historical record of Saxon England. In 1622
> > British historian Peter Heylyn wrote that Richard the Lion-
> > Hearted, the 12th-century English monarch, was "slain by a shot
> > from an Arbalist." The crossbow's name is one of many terms that
> > came into English from Old French when the Normans took control
> > of England after the Battle of Hastings; our word is adapted
> > from "arbaleste," the French name of the weapon. The French, in
> > turn, derived their word from a combination of the Latin "arcus"
> > (meaning "bow") and "ballista" (itself a derivative of the Greek
> > word for "throw").
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