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Mairi Cowan

such as the black vestments for the dead possessed by Glasgow Cathedral in the fifteenth century, or the black vestments ornamented with death’s heads (‘signata capitibus mortuorum’) at Aberdeen. 60 The first part of the Office of the Dead, also called the ‘Placebo’ after the first word of its opening psalm, took place in the afternoon or evening before burial of the body. The second part, also

in Death, life, and religious change in Scottish towns, c.1350–1560
S. H. Rigby

cruel and malicious that she could outmatch the Devil himself, his subsequent lengthy approval of Januarie’s self-delusions (‘How myghte a man han any adversitee/That hath a wyf?’ etc. etc.,) and urging of his audience to ignore Theophrastus come across as rather heavy-handed sarcasm. The ironic praise of marriage continues when Januarie’s two friends, Placebo (‘I shall please’) and Justinus (‘the just

in Chaucer in context
The legend of Frederic of Utrecht
Bram van den Hoven van Genderen

the Rites of the Dead (the Placebo), only to expire shortly thereafter. Indeed, the same year Norsemen invade, burning Dorestat and ‘its fifty-five churches’ and enslaving a lot of people, to return later on to take Utrecht itself, ‘sparing no one, leaving not a man to piss against the wall’.18 The Passio proper ends here, in desolation, ‘with the land and city destroyed’, until the pious Bishop Baldric starts the reconstruction.19 In the next chapter Louis, afraid of his sons and of the bishops wishing to anathematise him, swears his and the empress’s innocence in

in Religious Franks