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  • noun Plural form of bedeswoman.


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  • For instance, a wealthy patron in the Middle Ages may have supported poor bedesmen, who had promised to pray for the patron, and may have provided a bedehouse for bedesmen or bedeswomen to live in.

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  • The Hospital was, as before, to consist of a Master, three Brothers, three Sisters, and bedeswomen.

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  • 'Who nominates these bedeswomen?' asked Esclairmonde.

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  • I return, lady, whether the endowment come from your bounty or no, God helping us, you shall begin the holy work of St. Katharine's bedeswomen among the poor of Paris. '

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  • 'That may well be, madam,' said Mistress Belt, 'seeing that these bedeswomen were first instituted by a countrywoman of your own -- Queen

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  • Was she not at that very moment visiting some foundation of bedeswomen -- that was all she heard of at yonder feast of cats!

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  • 'Yea, truly,' returned the goldsmith; 'it must have been one of the bedeswomen of St. Katharine's whom the lady has seen.'

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  • The hospital was founded I know not when, but these bedeswomen were especially added by the good

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  • 'Nay, little one; here are the bedeswomen of St. Katharine's in London.'

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  • If Esclairmonde had a climax to her visions of her brown-robed messengers of mercy, it was that the holy Canon of St. Agnes should be induced to come and act the part of master to her bedeswomen, as did Master Kedbesby at home.

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