Magna fenestra versatilis


Magna fenestra versatilis
The large revolving shutter in a *Gilbertine double monastery through which food was passed from the monks' side to the nuns'. It was ingeniously constructed so that neither side was able to see the other. -

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  • Fenestra parvula — A small window through which nuns and canons of a *Gilbertine double house communicated and made confession etc. Another similarly small window enabled nuns to speak to their family when permitted. [< Lat. fenestra = window + parvula = small,… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Domus fenestrae — Lit. the house of windows or the window house . This building in a *Gilbertine double monastery was between the male and female houses, intended to keep the sexes separate. It contained windows through which they communicated. Cf. Clausura;… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases


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