For those who are interesting in historical lists, this link might be of interest:
ORB: Medieval Terms
Thank-you so much!
This is an incredible, and exhaustive list, and just what I need for my research
I'd add another thank-you to your post if I could!
That is a great link!
Indeed it is. You don't happen to know one in dutch?
Thank you. That list is phenomenal.
"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!" - Bob Marley.
My friend Grace (who is a bit obsessed with historical clothing) would say that Medieval Terms list is sadly incomplete: it has nothing about the clothing people wore then (ever mistake a kilt for a kirtle? oh, the embarrassment!), nor about their food and drink (much needed because there really are people who think that mead is a kind of beer), and these things are bound to come up in medieval-ish fantasy fiction.
I'm not saying that we cannot sometimes make up our own terms for such things, but it helps to know the real-world (oh, the temptation to make a joke of that!) terms. Besides, you may recall the warning issued to would-be science fiction writers about calling a rabbit a smeerp: Don't do it. Same thing applies for fantasy. No need to call that thing on the platter a zikkabande if it has the same ingredients as an apple-stuffed pheasant and is served on the same kinds of occasions.
Another page for the bookmarks!
Lots of great information, thank you.