papal bull

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Noun1.papal bull - a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
decree, fiat, edict, rescript, order - a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
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No doubt Shakespeare's understanding of "politics" was not a coherent political philosophy, but he would have been very aware of the political theology that was used both to support the monarchy in his time and, in the pope's bull Regnans in excelsis (1570), to claim its illegitimacy.
45) By now, in the aftermath of the 1122 Concordat of Worms that had ended the Investiture Controversy in Germany (although the underlying disagreements over the fundamental relationship between secular and spiritual power were to flare up again a generation later), the monks of Der could count on a swift response from Rome to pleas for help, and they no longer needed to forge the pope's bulls for him.