Exploring the word revenant, its meaning and origins

Updated March 13 2016 - 1:25pm, first published 1:03pm

Richard Trench wrote in 1846 that revenant was often used by the religious romance writers of the middle ages as a vehicle for their conception of the lower world. This was an early use of revenant, but by no means the first use. And I’m not sure what he means by “lower world”, although I can guess.

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