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~Apocrypha : Biblical stories which were not considered to be part of the official canon: those of the Old Testament were reinstated after they haad been excised in Jerome's Vulgate; those of the New Testament were not included in the official Biblical text
~Bible : the basic text of the Christian faith, comprising the Old Testament which documents the history of the Jewish people before the birth of Christ, and the new Testament which details the life of Christ and its aftermath
~Caroline minuscule : script developed from various precursors but established in the court of Charlemagne; became a standard form of script over much of western Europe; also known as Carolingian minuscule
~exultet roll : a manuscript roll from which a deacon read the liturgy for Easter, with pictures places inverted with respect to the text so as to be visible to the congregation as the roll wrapped over the pulpit, originating almost exclusively from southern Italy
~Gothic : suite of scripts of the later middle ages, originating in northern France and the low countries in the late 11th century; also refers to the architectural style which developed in the same time and place; originally the language of the Goths. The references to writing style and architecture were originally intended to be pejorative, associated with barbarism.
~indiction : in dating terms, a repeating cycle of 15 years beginning on 1st September 312, introduced by the Emperor Constantine for taxation purposes but utilised as a dating system during the medieval era
~petition : in relation to English law, document directed to the king or Chancery Court or its successors initiating legal action to arbitrate a grievance against another person or agency, also called a bill