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On Jun 22, 8:48pm, Corun MacAnndra wrote:
> Subject: Re: Alairian Coronation
> Alys wrote:
> >> The Latin for Prince is Princeps - just one of those odd bits of
> >> information the brain has stored.
> >> Sue the as-yet unnamed
> >> email@example.com
> >Are you sure that wasn't "principes?" At least, I *think* I'm
> >remembering that from a missa, not from Italian class...
> >Well, if I'm totally off, someone will be sure to tell me soon!
> I think you're confusing the word for Princess,
I think it's more likely that the missa you're remembering had the
plural "princes", or "to the princes", or "O princes"; any of those
would be "princepes". Or perhaps it had the phrase "of the prince"
which would be "princepis", and you misremembered one letter.
> that being Princepissa
> (possibly spelled Princepessa).
According to the official SCA table of title equivalents at
http://www.sca.org/heraldry/titles.html, the first is the proper Latin
form, the second the proper Italian.
> The other options for Prince and Princess
> that I have come across are Regulus and Regia Puella respectively. Though
> I'm told the preferred terms are Princeps and Princepi(e)ssa.
My Classical Latin dictionary says "regulus" means "petty king, chieftain;
prince". It gives "regis filia" (literally "king's daughter") for "princess";
"Regis Puella" would be "king's girl" with a definite denotation of "king's
sweetheart" or "king's young wife". Of course, Medieval Latin differed from
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