- A peace-stool, i.e. a refuge, or sanctuary; a seat near the altar of a church where sanctuary was found. It should be noted that not all churches had such power, which was carefully regulated. -
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.
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frithstool — /frith stool /, n. (in Anglo Saxon England) a seat in a church, placed near the altar, for persons who claimed the right of sanctuary. [bef. 1000; OE frithstol, equiv. to frith peace, security (akin to ON frithr, Goth Frithareiks Frederick; see… … Universalium