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frithstool

[frith-stoo l] /ˈfrɪθˌstʊl/
noun
1.
(in Anglo-Saxon England) a seat in a church, placed near the altar, for persons who claimed the right of sanctuary.
Origin of frithstool
1000
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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  • There was a frithstool endowed with similar privileges at York Minster, and another at Durham.

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