- 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, very small] -
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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. Cf. Domus fenestrae; Fenestra parvula … 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
Anchorite — Anchoress is the female form. A recluse; a person persuaded by faith to reject the world and live in isolation. Sometimes such persons were immured, wholly confined and even literally walled in. Before one could be bricked in permission was… … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases