frithstool

frithstool

[frith-stool]
noun
(in Anglo-Saxon England) a seat in a church, placed near the altar, for persons who claimed the right of sanctuary.

Origin:
before 1000; Old English frithstōl, equivalent to frith peace, security (akin to Old Norse frithr, Gothic Frithareiks Frederick; see friend) + stōl stool

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