Here lies Inter'd ye
Body of Mary Brown
Widow & Relict of James
Brown, Decd. August ye 18th
1736. in ye 66th Year of her Age
Old Age being come her race here ends
When God ye fatal Dart he sends.
I always thought that "widow" and "relict" were synonyms, but apparently, you can be both a widow and a relict at the same time.
Also, isn't it usually Death who sends the dart, not God?
> Widow & Relict
Very interesting, as I had thought them synonyms also. Surely this must be an inherited legal formula. (Didn't we see one like this before?) My understanding is that there are a lot of formulaic pairs in English law that trace to the merger of Norman and Saxon law, and so include one Latinate and one Germanic-derived word:"law and order" etc. Is this true, or folk etymology? If true could "widow and relict" be such a pair?
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