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Word of the month: havegooday

While gathering information for the revision of the AND, one of the sources available to the editorial team is the collection of ‘gleanings’ previously made by contributors. Certain texts were read completely and any number of noteworthy words, phrases or citations were set aside – in earlier days handwritten on slips or on typed lists, but more recently copied in digital files – for later consideration. Sometime in the late 1990s Dr. Lisa Jefferson contributed in such a way, and gathered material from (among other sources) the manuscripts of the Merchant Taylor accounts – which otherwise would not have been available to the AND. Her ‘gleanings’ for ‘H’ from these documents belonging the London guild of tailors included the following intriguing phrase: ‘Item pur .vij. havegooddays , un pur le stretdore, pris .iiij. d. et pur l’autres .vj. d. – xij d.’ It is a single entry in a list of payments made during the second year of the reign of Henry VI (1423). Two seemingly

Call for Anglo-Norman papers

Call for Papers: Anglo-Norman Texts, Language and Contexts The Anglo-Norman Dictionary ( ) is interested in sponsoring a session or series of sessions at the Leeds International Medieval Congress 2014 (see )  devoted to new research on Anglo-Norman texts a nd their contexts. We will present papers on the subject, but are looking for further contributors. We are particularly interested in hearing about new texts, new editions of texts, and texts that fall outside of the literary context. Paper topics could include, but are not limited to: the use of Anglo-Norman in literary and non-literary contexts the intended audience of Anglo-Norman texts throughout the medieval period the transmission of Anglo-Norman texts the revision, annotation or translation of Anglo-Norman texts  the inclusion of Anglo-Norman with texts in other languages the manuscript context of Anglo-Norman works the use of Anglo-Norman outside England If