beadsman

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beadsman

(ˈbiːdzmən) or

bedesman

n, pl -men
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a person who prays for another's soul, esp one paid or fed for doing so
2. (Historical Terms) a person kept in an almshouse
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Noun1.beadsman - a person who is paid to pray for the soul of another
supplicant, prayer - someone who prays to God
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Chapter Three, 'All Roads Lead to Rome', surveys the representation of Catholics and Catholicism in the plays, beginning with the Italianate landscapes of the European plays, where an undemonised Catholicism contributes its friars, pilgrims and beadsmen to the Shakespearean world-building.
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