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1.The tomb of a martyr or confessor; if an altar was erected over the grave, the name was also extended to the altar and to the subterranean chamber in which it stood; in later times a basilica was sometimes erected over the chamber and the entire building was known as a confession.
2. The space immediately below, or in front of, the primary altar of a church.
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In 1566, ten years after being appointed head of the Society's Upper German Province, Canisius announced: "We are preparing the Confessio Augustiniana, that is, a work composed of passages from Augustine against the Augsburg Confession.
He famously traveled to Ephesus (Acts 19) and wrote his Epistle to the Ephesians, in whose city preached Apollos (18:24-26), a name recalling Pericles' analogue in Gower's Confessio Amantis.
Intricately tracing a series of allusions and contrasting contexts, Furrow considers the connections that link the Tristram and Isolde legend to the Anglo-Norman Amadas and Ydoine, Middle English works, such as Sir Degrevant, Emare, and Gower's Confessio Amantis, and the non-textual examples of the sculptured relief on the Chester misericord and a miniature from Musee Conde, Chantilly MS 26.
The first attested usage of fairy in the dictionary (in its sense of "magical being") is a verse of John Gower's Confessio Amantis (late 14th century): "as he were a faierie".
As the space of the contritio cordis (contrition of the heart) preceding confessio oris (verbal confession), Via del Corso constitutes a reminder of that eternity we tried to locate when discussing cinematic Rome.
This is not to mention the recent Gaza offensive which rallied the Arab street, in all of its confessio al colors, against the war.
Some of his writings, the Confessio and Letter to Corocticu, survive, though there is debate over some information to do with St Patrick.
Kathryn McKinley also shows how Ovid emboldened another medieval poet, John Gower, in his Confessio Amantis, this time to attempt a moral transformation in his royal reader, Richard II, by using Ovid's tales of Tereus and Philomela and Jason and Medea to warn against perfidy.
Finally, the status of 'confessional self-identification' in Gower's Confessio is set in antithesis to that discerned in Hoccleve's later Regiment of Princes.
From the second decade of the seventeenth century onward, the study of spiritual alchemy--as conveyed through key Rosicrucian manifestos such as Andreae's Fama Fraternitatis (1614) and Confessio Fraternitatis (1615)--was associated with an anti-royalist politics that sought economic, educational, and religious reform.
That Rosicrucianism is non-Roman, if not anti-Roman, is clear from the explicit texts, such as that of the Confessio, (6) which is declaredly antipapal.
367, O 2v; the Latin edition is Confessio et Apologia Pastorum and reliquorum ministrorum Ecclesiae Magdeburgensis, Anno 1550 (Magdeburg: M.