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From: "Ginny Wagner" <>
Subject: RE: Sir Paunettus,kinsman to Edward the Black Prince: Clue to ancestry of Paonet deRuet?
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 23:10:39 -0500
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When I type "peacock" in my English to Latin dos program I get:
Pavo, pavonis N <3rd> M 3 1 M [XAXCO]
Pavus, pavi N <2nd> M 2 1 M [XAXCO]
Pava, pavae N <1st> F 1 1 F [EAXFW]
Also possibly of interest:
>From T. H. White's translation of a twelfth century bestiary, The Book of
"Pavo the Peacock is named after his voice. His flesh is so hard that it is
scarcely subject to putrefaction,(3) and it is not easily cooked. About this
bird a certain poet(4) sings: 'How can you be surprised that he often
ruffles his jeweled wings at you, O you hard-hearted woman, when you can
find it in your heart to hand him over to the cruel cook?
"(3)St. Augustine remarked, 'Who except God, the Creator of all things,
endowed the flesh of the dead peacock with the power of never decaying?' _De
'There is a tradition that the acute and inquisitive suffragan of Hippo (St.
Augustine) experimented with the flesh of this fowl, and found the popular
superstition to be correct'.
E. P. Evans.
"(4) Martial. The Bestiarist has unfortunately omitted to tell us that
peacocks are shy about their feet. 'When he sees his feet, he screams
wildly, thinking that they are not in keeping with the rest of his body'.
'The proud sun-bearing Peacock with his feathers
Walkes all along, thinking himself a king,
And with his voice prognosticates all weathers,
Although God knows but badly he doth sing;
But when he looks downe to his base blacke Feete,
He droopes and is asham'd of things unmeete.'
CHESTER, _Love's Martyr_"