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  • noun Plural form of abbey.


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  • In the early years of the order all Norbertine abbeys were double abbeys, that is to say, the canons lived on one side of the church and the Norbertine nuns, who had charge of the hospital for women, dwelt on the other side.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • Such private chapels were spared the depredations that fell upon public churches and abbeys when my father remade the world.

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  • Rejoin Proust's tour by visiting the abbeys of Jumièges, Saint-Wandrille and Saint-Georges de Bouscheville, perhaps taking tea at the Château de Balleroy, where Proust savoured Boucher's tapestries.

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  • Sigma Force confronts humankind's greatest threat in an adventure that races from the Roman Coliseum to the icy peaks of Norway, from the ruins of medieval abbeys to the lost tombs of Celtic kings.

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  • Their habitat is ancient woods, ruined abbeys, isolated old houses and crumbling monasteries.

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  • She discovered, to her surprise, that there was also a whole subset of listed properties that had been purpose-built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century as asylums and psychiatric institutions, some of them in the parkland of abbeys and priories and manor farms, some of them in green fields.

    Margaret Drabble | Trespassing

  • Marvel as cannons are fired, abbeys are stormed, and Lancastrians tried and beheaded – all on part of the original 1471 battle site.

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  • He went to Oxford for a doctorate, studying Russian, and he began to explore the priesthood, making retreats at several Roman Catholic abbeys.

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  • This was originally a 12th-century Norman town that had three abbeys and one castle in its heyday.

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  • Indeed, the current abbey stands in stark contrast to the ruins of countless monastic abbeys that flourished in medieval times -- until Henry VIII took them in his fight with the Pope and the monks had to flee.

    Terry Newell: What Lasts? Reflections From Ireland


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