THE RED QUEEN by Philippa Gregory
virago - We may be of the House of Lancaster; but everyone who lives close enough to London to hear the gossip of the court knows better than to lay down his life for a king that they have heard is half-mad, and a queen who is a Frenchwoman and a virago as well. (p. 94)
virago: a loud-voiced, ill-tempered, scolding woman; shrew.
quintain - So I sit with little Henry when he takes his lessons from the tutor that Jasper has employed, I ride with him in the morning, I watch him as he jousts at the little quintain that Jasper had built for him in the field behind the stables. (p. 152)
quintain: an object mounted on a post or attached to a movable crossbar mounted on a post, used as a target in the medieval sport of tilting.
tocsin - We are wakened by the clanging of the tocsin, and I jump out of bed, throw on a gown, and run to the nursery. (p. 155)
tocsin: a signal, esp. of alarm, sounded on a bell or bells.
What new words did you discover this week?