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canopy

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture.

1 Roof-like ornamented hood surmounting an altar, doorway, font, niche, pulpit (where it is called a tester), stall, statue, tabernacle, throne, tomb, window-aperture, etc.,...

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Canterbury

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

A city in Kent, SE England, the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. St Augustine established a church and monastery there in 597, and it became a place of medieval pilgrimage, to the...

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Chair of Saint Peter

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

From the 4th c., the Feast of the Chair of St Peter celebrated Peter's Roman episcopacy on 22 February. The term itself referred to the papal office and the stone ...

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chapel

Overview page. Subjects: History.

A place for worship, in a church, in honour of particular saints. Chapels are sometimes erected as separate buildings.

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Chartres

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

A city in northern France, noted for its Gothic cathedral with fine stained glass.

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châsse

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

The French word châsse, from capsa, “box” (capsa, urna, casse fierte), means a casket enclosing Relics, whose use probably derives from the ancient funerary urn. In the Middle Ages, this ...

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Claudius

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

(d. after 827),

Bp. of Turin from c.817. He made a series of attacks on image-worship, relics, the adoration of the Cross, and every visible sign of Christ's life, as well as on...

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Cluny

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

A Benedictine monastery in eastern France, founded in 910 and introducing a period of monastic reform based on strict observance of the Benedictine Rule; the abbey was subject only to the...

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Feast of Conversion of St Paul

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

The feast, kept on 25 Jan., is peculiar to the W.; it is of Gallican origin.

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Fécamp

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

(monastery) In 1001 the Norman duke Richard II invited the Cluniac reformer William of Dijon to become abbot of the recently revived abbey of Fécamp. William’s presence made this favourite...

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