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COGNATI, cognates. This term occurs frequently in the Roman civil law, and denotes collateral heirs through females. It is not used in the civil law as it now prevails in France. In the common law it has no technical sense, but as a word of discourse in English it signifies, generally, allied by blood, related in origin, of the same family. See Vicat, ad verb.; also, Biret's Vocabulaire.

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Under these conditions it is not difficult to see why dissension between cognati was, if anything, the rule and concord the exception among the wealthier families of the aristocracy in early medieval Germany and, in tenth-century Saxony, not least of all" (10).
19) "Al tornar de la mente, che si chiuse / dinanzi a la pieta d'i due cognati, / che di trestizia tutto mi confuse, / novi tormenti e novi tormentati / mi veggio intorno, come ch'io mi mova / e ch'io mi volga, e come che io guati.
Here, Baldelli's wide knowledge of the rich lode of critical glosses, from contemporary to fourteenth-century commentaries that have shaped readers' views and ignited academic controversies over many centuries since Dante first highlighted the fate of the "due cognati," offers an invaluable source of in-depth critical commentary.