By the rood

Related to By the rood: Rood stair
by the cross; - a phrase formerly used in swearing.

See also: Rood

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Identification and revelation of the deception in purpose and communication by the Rood of Grace prevents it from being considered as puppetry.
In this concluding section we need to ask finally whether pilgrims were actually 'deceived' by the Rood of Boxley's reported movements, thinking they were effected by God and in this way (and not as representation) were 'miraculous'.
Take for instance the comments made by William Lambard [sic] in his A Perambulation of Kent (1576) where he refers to those people who were deceived by the Rood of Boxley as 'the sillie lambes of Gods flocke'.