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a round metal seal made of lead, silver, or gold, which was usually used in the Middle Ages to fasten papal, imperial, and royal acts (documents) by being tied to the document by a string; the act itself, with the bulla tied to it, was also called a bulla. [In English the act is called a bull.] The most important royal and imperial decrees, fastened with golden seals, came to be called Golden Bulls (such as the Golden Bull of 1222, issued by the Hungarian King Andrew II, and the Golden Bull of 1356, issued by Charles IV of the Holy Roman Empire). In later centuries, up until modern times, the term “bulla” was used to designate only the most important acts issued by the popes of Rome.

The supplementary historical discipline known as sphragistics studies medieval bull seals.



A circular metal boss used by the ancient Romans as a decoration for fastening parts of doors; often highly ornamented.
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Bullas joined the chain at 17 and soon rose from shop-floor junior to a key role in its head office.
He said Mr Bullas, of Edgbaston, Birmingham, died of crush asphyxia.
I hope my portfolio, which is available to view on my website, shows that the ambitions I had all those years ago have borne fruit and are continuing to grow," says Matt Bullas.
Mr Bullas said Mr Russell had proven executive leadership expertise at the very highest level with a multi-national blue-chip organisation and would be instrumental in delivering Camira's ambitious growth plans.
Mr Bullas added: "This increased social media interaction is also occurring in parallel with an increase in mobile website traffic, with around 15 per cent of website traffic currently coming from mobiles as more people are staying in touch on the go.
HONOUR: Matt Bullas receives a High Sheriff's Award for Enterprise from the High Sheriff of Cheshire, Diana Barbour AMBITIOUS: Matt Bullas worked his way up through supermarket chain Safeway before founding his own business
Peacock said in a statement that Michael Bullas intended to 'pursue other interests' and had agreed not to compete with Peacock for a year.
Contract notice: Cleaning service of municipal facilities and educational centres of the city of bullas.
Doting uncle Stuart James Bullas, 57, of Hagley Road, Edgbaston, had broken several records in amateur hill climb and sprint races with his beloved yellow Mark 1 Sprite, which weighed more than half a tonne.
Chief executive Steve Bullas said: 'With our strong financial base, we are well placed to continue our programme to roll-out the successful Bonmarche format.
Nigel Bullas, of Cleckheaton-based Clough and Company, said: "On September 6, 2012, the government unveiled significant changes to company and LLP audit and reporting requirements.
He asked Walsall Police chief Kevin Bullas to donate money from the Police Property Fund to raise the pounds 800 needed for the monitor.