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n, pl -dies
(Historical Terms) a variant spelling of corody
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or cor•ro•dy

(ˈkɔr ə di, ˈkɒr-)

n., pl. -dies.
1. a right in old English law to receive maintenance, esp. the right of a benefactor to receive housing, food, etc., from a religious house.
2. the housing, food, etc., so received.
[1375–1425; late Middle English corrodie < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin corrōdium outfit, provision, variant of conrēdium < Vulgar Latin *conrēd(āre) to outfit, provide with (con- con- + *-rēdāre < Germanic; compare Old English rædan to equip, provide for, ready) + Latin -ium -ium1]
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(17) See RECM, vii, pp.52, 60, 63, for an appointment as yeoman of the Crown (24 October 1618), and two corrodies in monasteries, none of which is confirmed as relating to the musician.
Many of the gentlemen singers of the Chapel, for example, were granted corrodies (grants of a fixed supply of provisions, usually consisting of lodging and meals, provided by a monastery, which many holders probably sold for their own profit), while some of the minstrels received export and import licences, potentially one of the most lucrative types of patronage available to members of the royal household.
Harvey provides statistics, graphs, and charts that bring to light the manner in which the monks dispensed charity, their food and drink, which the author contends was similar to the diet of the nobles, gentry, and urban elites in the secular world; their treatment of sickness, mortality within the community, which was equal to or higher than those outside the cloister since Benedictine life was relatively unsecluded; their employment of servants; and their practice of granting pensions, known as corrodies, which reflected the middled-class ethos of the monastic community itself.