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  • n. Plural form of paynim.


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  • If you want to have Friar Tuck and Sir Lancelot and El Cid and Ivanhoe in your epic, you have to take their monotheism along with them, because the mental architecture of knightly oaths and vows and fealty and courtly love and smiting paynims and all that jazz does not make sense outside the Christian worldview.

    MIND MELD: Gods by the Bushel

  • Men saw ride before King Etzel on the road many bold knights of many tongues and many mighty troops of Christians and of paynims.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • Of these tallworts are yielded out juices for jointoils and pappasses for paynims.

    Finnegans Wake

  • And truly I have seen of paynims and Saracens that men clepe Augurs, that, when we ride in arms in divers countries upon our enemies, by the flying of fowls they would tell us the prognostications of things that fell after; and so they did full oftentimes, and proffered their heads to-wedde, but if it would fall as they said.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • And, sith that Christian men have such belief, that be informed and taught all day by holy doctrine, wherein they should believe, it is no marvel then, that the paynims, that have no good doctrine but only of their nature, believe more largely for their simplesse.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • Then the king was a tyrant, and was come of the line of paynims, and took them and put them in prison in a deep hole.

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table

  • Moreover, in times past, the heathen or paynims implored the assistance of five deities, or of one helpful, at least, in five several good offices to those that were to be married.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Ever since Edessa fell to the paynims of Mosul, last year at Christmas, all Christendom has been uneasy about the kingdom of Jerusalem.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • For the most part they were young men and hidalgos, fighters against the Moors, released by the final conquest of those paynims, out now for further wild adventure and for gold with which to return, wealthy and still young, to Spanish country, Spanish cities, Spanish women!


  • They were as paynims to Christian knights, as the sons and daughters of Amalek to the invaders of Canaan.

    Chapter 1. The Beginnings of Fiction. Section 2. The Three Matters of American Romance


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