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1768 Excerpt: ... Philip le Bel alludes in his famous letter to
Boniface VIII. which he begins with, " Sciat tua "maxima Fatuitas,
&c." This Feajl of Fools had, however, its designed effect, and
contributed perhaps more to the exter Among these buffoon
personages, as before observed, they introduced an Andrew, or
Htad-Druid, whence we have our word Merry-Andrew, mination
initiation of those Heathens than all the collateral aids of sire
and sword, which were hot either spared in the persecution of them;
but, as there is hardly a greater absurdity in the world, nor a
more common one, than the continuance of customs after the original
cause of them has ceased, the people, long after' the cessation of
any apparent political necessity for such drolls, remained so
captivated with the merriment of them, the grosser the better for
them, that, the primary object of them being vanished, the jest
began to threaten a recoil on the clergy itself who had instituted
them. Then it was that councils, popes, bishops, very earnestly set
about the suppression of those anniversary buffoonries; which,
however, they have hardly, in some parts, accomplished to this day,
though they have employed for that end, censures, interdictions,
and even prayers, public processions, and fasts. POPE. This word,
in the original signifying Head, like 2$uin (King) also Head,
receives its degree of importance from its context, tacit or
express; but by custom it has been appropriated to spiritual or
judicial dignitaries. Every parish had its Pope, as every company
of Tanners, or Shoemakers, of Bakers, had its king. Paus was also
an antient name for the pope as the head of the law, divine and
human: it is contracted from Pal-vass (the / liquifying as usual,
and the v quiescent). It signisies the H...
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