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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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But Labour's Frank Field fears boy bishops will use technicalities to keep the gals out whatever they say.
There are eleven appendices to the volume that supplement the discursive information in the Introduction: "Post-1642 Records"; "Ancillary Records"; "Boy Bishops"; "Paul's Cross Sermons" (with an edition of one sermon); "William Percy and Plays at Paul's"; "The Mechanical St.
A range of performances are covered in addition to formal theatre, and attention is drawn to coherent traditions involving Boy Bishops, Paschal liturgical dramas, church ales, civic processions, and mock battles.
Rogers, "Mechanical Images at Salisbury" (46-47); Jennifer Alexander, "The Molly Grime Ritual in Glentham Church" (48-57); Hans-Jurgen Diller, "A Palmesel from the Cracow Region" (58-62); Gunilla Iversen, "O Virginitas, in regali thalamo stas; New Light on the Ordo Virtutum: Hildegard, Richardis, and the Order of the Virtues" (63-78); Audrey Ekdahl Davidson, "Another Manuscript of the Ordo Virtutum of Hildegard of Bingen" (79-83); Rick Johnson, "Sequentia's Ordo Virtutum at Ann Arbor: A Performance in Memory of Barbara Thornton" (84-86); Michael Milway, "Boy Bishops in Early Modern Europe: Ritual, Myth, and Reality" (87-97); John W.