Canossa

Canossa

[kuh-nos-uh; Italian kah-naws-sah]
noun
1.
a ruined castle in N Italy: scene of the penance of Emperor Henry IV of the Holy Roman Empire before Pope Gregory VII in 1077.
Idioms
2.
go to Canossa, to humble oneself.
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Canossa (kəˈnɒsə, Italian kaˈnossa)
 
n
a ruined castle in N Italy, in Emilia near Reggio nell'Emilia: scene of the penance done by the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV before Pope Gregory VII

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canossa

ruined 10th-century castle southwest of Reggio nell'Emilia in Italy, famous as the meeting place (1077) of Pope Gregory VII and Emperor Henry IV. The stronghold was built c. 940 by Atto Adalbert, the founder of the House of Attoni and first count of Canossa.

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