Besaunt (n.) - a gold coin named from Byzantium.
To spoyle the spilt folke spar scholde none
Geten girdeles & ger gold & goode stones
Byes broches bryght besauntes riche
Helmes hewen of gold hamberkes manye
Kesten ded vpon ded was deil to byholde
- Anonymous: The siege of Jerusalem (1390-1400)
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"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
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