Boy bishop


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a boy (usually a chorister) elected bishop, in old Christian sports, and invested with robes and other insignia. He practiced a kind of mimicry of the ceremonies in which the bishop usually officiated.

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Is it true that their leader, Boy Bishop, leaves a note at the scene of the crimes?
Owst and the Politics of Sermon Studies" and Veronica O'Mara's account of the Boy Bishop sermon in "A Victorian Response to a Fifteenth-Century Incunabulum," focused on the edition byjohn Gough Nichols.
And the Reds took a deserved lead as new boy Bishop made it a home debut to remember with a lovely dinked finish over the keeper four minutes before the break.
With Danny Wright and Adrian Cieslewicz both grabbing a first goal of the season apiece against the Exiles, Morrell has to decide whether new boy Bishop will be in the starting line-up.
Its success in dealing with the intricacies of the Feast of Fools and with the arguments of scholars who have written on it in the past only serves to underscore the need for a comparable study of the intricacies of boy bishop observances.
At Sens, for example, two hundred years after Peter of Corbeil created the office for the feast, there was enough horseplay for the amount of water dousing the cantor of fools to be limited to "three small pails [situlae]" (214) and for the boy bishop only one, the dousing specified near the well in the cloister.
And debut boy Bishop is on a personal mission to put one over on his former club - and brother Andy, who will be in direct opposition.
Some were brought to book for parodying church rites and sermons but one might profitably consider the shadow relationship this bears to the mockery earlier permitted in the Corpus Christi plays and the upside down rituals of such things as the boy bishop.
BOY BISHOP'S APPOINTMENT: An ancient St Nicholas Day tradition was revived in Guisborough in December 1987 when teenage chorister Andrew Turner was made Boy Bishop.
Tomorrow morning, at St Nicholas' Parish Church, Gosforth, young Euan Robertson will be installed as Boy Bishop during the Eucharist at 10am.
One of the clerics responsible for compiling the book rails in a long rubric against lascivious behavior, associating the lewd songs and dances that the clergy were accustomed to perform with the old feast of the Boy Bishop, for which liturgical books of Beauvais and Sens provide conductus and versus; yet this cleric himself composes new cantiones for "when the bishop is elected" and "when they go outside the church to dance.