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Rule of St. Benedict
Chapter 1 defines four kinds of monks: (1) Cenobites, those “in a monastery, where they serve under a rule and an abbot”; (2) Anchorites, or hermits, who, after long successful training in a monastery, are now coping single-handedly, with only God for their help; (3)Sarabaites, living by twos and threes together or even alone, with no experience, rule and superior, and thus a law...
Franciscans (Friars Minor, commonly known as the Grey Friars), founded 1209 Carmelites, (Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Carmel, commonly known as the White Friars), founded 1206–1214 Dominicans (Order of Preachers, commonly called the Black Friars), founded 1215 Servites (Order of Servants of Mary), founded 1233 by the Seven Holy Men of Florence, Italy. Augustinians (Hermits of St....
The term was first applied in England to the king’s officers generally, such as sheriffs, mayors, etc., and more particularly to the chief officer of a hundred. The county within which the sheriff exercises his jurisdiction is still called his bailiwick. The rank of bailiff was used in Flanders, Holland, Hainault, Zealand and in the north of France. The bailiff was a civil servant who...
Welsh: Y Fenni (After 1500) Mouth of the River Gavenny) a medieval walled town within the Welsh Marches Situated at the confluence of a tributary stream, the Gavenny, and the River Usk , it is almost surrounded by two mountains – the Blorenge (Blorens) and the Sugar Loaf (Mynydd Pen-y-Fal or Y Fâl) and five hills: Ysgyryd Fawr (The Skirrid) , Ysgyryd Fach (Skirrid Fach), (Ysgyryd Fach...
bon ton n. 1. a. A sophisticated manner or style. b. The proper thing to do. 2. High society. [French : bon, good + ton, tone.] Literally “good tone.”
British: a site for a dwelling and its outbuildings; also : an entire holding comprising a homestead and additional land Origin of TOFT Middle English, from Old English, from Old Norse toptFirst Known Use: before 12th century
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The Green Fairy of Madness
did-you-kno: Many 19th-century artists and writers living in Paris were fond of a green alcoholic drink called ‘absinthe’, also known as ‘the green fairy’. It was believed to be dangerously addictive and cause madness, so was banned in most countries by 1915. Source