þenning, f.n: stretching, extension. (THEN-ning / ˈθɛn-nɪŋ)

Medieval manuscript image of a horse stretching its neck up to the roof of a shelter, causing some bread, cheese and a cloth to fall down beside a kneeling man.
St Cuthbert’s horse finding bread and cheese in the roof, in Bede’s Life of St Cuthbert. England (Durham), 12th century. British Library, Yates Thompson MS 26, f. 14r. [blogs.bl.uk]


gālsere, m.n: a lustful man. (GALL-zeh-ruh / ˈgaːl-zɛ-ɹə)

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Medieval manuscript historiated initial V, showing a king in a tower spying on a woman bathing; on top of the initial, two men sit on either side of a fire.
Bohun Psalter & Hours. England (London?), 14th century. British Library, Egerton 3277, f. 53r. [bl.uk]