I am trying to understand the following sentence in old French which is about the construction of a cannon:

le louage d'une bigorne en quoy les sercles, lians et agneaux du dit canon ont este drechiez et mis a point

Google translate completely fails on this.

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    Let me join Google Translate on this one!
    – Édouard
    Nov 13 '15 at 0:09

I have found that sentence with a better spelling here (Note: The Littré anneau entry states: d'après Ménage, au XVIIe, on reprochait aux Parisiens leur prononciation agnau, qui est encore celle de quelques provinces) :

  • le louage d’une bigorne, en quoy les cercles, lians et anneaux dudit canon ont été dressés et mis à point

In modern French, that might be something like:

  • la location d'une enclume sur laquelle les cercles, liens et anneaux dudit canon ont été forgés et ajustés

and an English translation attempt:

  • the rental of an anvil on which the said cannon circles, links and rings were forged and adjusted

Google translate gives from the original and modern versions:

  • the hire of a horn , Wherein circles , rings and Lians said barrel have been prepared and placed at the point

  • renting an anvil on which the circles , links and said barrel rings were forged and adjusted

  • By "correct" spelling I assume you mean a modernized spelling. The way I spelled it is how it appears in the original manuscript. Nov 13 '15 at 1:29
  • I didn't know that. I have no access to the manuscript copy. Do you have a link? While the other words are not surprising for an ancient text, I'm somewhat perplexed by agneaux for anneaux.
    – jlliagre
    Nov 13 '15 at 2:08
  • I just found that anneau used to be pronounced agneau is some places so that should explain it.
    – jlliagre
    Nov 13 '15 at 2:15
  • That's still a transcription though, neither the original nor a manuscript.
    – jlliagre
    Nov 13 '15 at 10:16
  • Lien vers extrait conforme à celui en question ; et détails. Merci !
    – user3177
    Nov 13 '15 at 14:27

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