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A ceremonial chair for a sovereign, bishop, or similar figure. Recorded from Middle English, the word comes via Old French and Latin from Greek thronos ‘elevated seat’.

In traditional Christian angelology, thrones are the third-highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.

Great White Throne the throne of God, with allusion to Revelation 20:11.

Throne of Grace the place where God is conceived as sitting to answer prayer, as in Hebrews 4:16.

See also power behind the throne.

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

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