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(from the Latin cancella, ‘screen’, hence a screened-off place, or office) The writing-office attached to the court of a ruler, pope, etc. Since it supplied the writ necessary for a lawsuit to be heard by the king's judges, it came to be a law court itself, presided over by its head, the Chancellor.

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


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