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ABBEY, abbatia, is a society of religious persons, having an abbot or abbess to preside over them. Formerly some of the most considerable abbots and priors in England had seats and votes in the house of lords. The prior of St. John's of Jerusalem, was styled the first baron of England, in respect to the lay barons, but he was the last of the spiritual barons.

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"We'll definitely go for the Abbaye, whether we go to Ireland beforehand we're less sure" explained Dods.
And Lost Treasure gets a hesitant vote to land the spoils at the expense of Abbaye also ran Hit The Bid, Robert Cowell's Encore D'Or, the selection's twoyear-old stable-companion All The King's Men and Hollie Doyle's mount Shumookh.
The Abbaye is one of seven mouth-watering races that comprise the Prix de l'Arce de Triomphe (G1) card, the definitive highlight of the European Flat racing season.
PaddyPower immediately cut Battaash to evens from 7-4 for the Abbaye, with RaceBets going 4-5 from 15-8 for the Nunthorpe.
Battaash underwent wind surgery after last year's Abbaye but Hills is not sure it has made much difference.
The third event was at Abbaye d'Ardenne, where the murder of 27 Canadian soldiers took place between June 7 and 8,1944.
He's in the Prix de l'Abbaye and he's also in on Champions Day at Ascot.
"The time that it has taken to get him back on the right road I'm still hopeful he may make the Abbaye, but in the scheme of things it's still a little bit early to commit.
London, United Kingdom, May 02, 2013 --( Abbaye de Talloires welcomes new head chef, Georges Ringeisen
However, a crack at next weekend's Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp has not been completely ruled out.
The nuns of the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de L'Annonciation won a contest run by Decca Records to find the best performers--or pray-ers, the sisters might say--of Gregorian chant, beating out more than 70 entries from around the world.
In this framework, the notion of a governing virtue was expressed through its personification as the abbot or abbess, and while the early Latin allegories, beginning with the De claustro animae of Hugh of Fouilloy, made Reason the abbot, in a widely copied anonymous French adaptation, the Abbaye du saint Esprit, where the abbey becomes a community of nuns, the abbess is Charity.