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abbess

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.

The head of certain autonomous houses of nuns. The title is used among Benedictines, Cistercians, Trappists, Poor Clares, and some canonesses. The earliest known instance is in 514. In the...

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Abbey of Savigny

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.

In Normandy. In 1093 Vitalis of Mortain established a hermitage in the Forest of Savigny. Some of the hermits felt a call to follow the Rule of St Benedict in its primitive strictness, and...

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Abbo of Fleury

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(?945–1004),

a French theologian, author of the Epitome de Vitis Romanorum Pontificum and of lives of the saints.

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Acathistus

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(Gk. ‘not sitting’, because it was sung standing),

a famous Greek liturgical hymn in honour of the BVM. It may be the work of St Romanos ‘Melodos’, but the authorship is disputed.

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ACKROYD, Peter Runham (1917 - 2005), Samuel Davidson Professor of Old Testament Studies, University of London, 1961–82, then Emeritus Professor

in Who Was Who

P ublished online April 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Education; Organization and Management of Education; History of Religion; Religion; Christian Churches and Denominations; Religious Studies. 521 words.

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Acta Sanctorum

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

The celebrated series of lives of the saints, arranged in the order of their feasts in the ecclesiastical year, which was begun by the Bollandists in the 17th cent. By 1925 it had reached...

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Acts of Uniformity

Overview page. Subjects: History — Christianity.

A series of English laws intended to secure the legal and doctrinal basis of the Anglican Communion. The first (1549) made the Book of Common Prayer compulsory in church services, with...

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ACWORTH, Robert William (<i>born</i> 1938), Registrar of St Paul’s Cathedral, 1991–2001

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P ublished online November 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History; Warfare and Defence; Military Life and Institutions; History of Religion; Religion; Christian Churches and Denominations. 158 words.

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ADAMS, (John) David (Andrew) (<i>born</i> 1937), Headmaster, Weydon School, 1982–98; Chaplain to the Queen, 1994–2007; Secondary School consultant, 1998–2010

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P ublished online November 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of Religion; Religion; Christian Churches and Denominations; Social and Cultural History; Education; Schools Studies. 147 words.

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ADAMS, Marilyn McCord (<i>born</i> 1943), Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford, 2004–09; Canon Residentiary of Christ Church, Oxford, 2004–09; Recurrent Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University, since 2013

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Reference Entry. Subjects: History of Religion; Religion; Christian Churches and Denominations; Social and Cultural History; Education; Organization and Management of Education. 254 words.

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