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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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The Nunthorpe was also his fourth run in just over two months and I think he can put that behind him," said Charlie Hills, who trains the four-year-old for Hamdan Al Maktoum, whose legendary sprinter Dayjur was an Abbaye winner in 1990.
The third event was at Abbaye d'Ardenne, where the murder of 27 Canadian soldiers took place between June 7 and 8,1944.
We wouldn't be worried about going back to five in the Abbaye, and he stayed the six well on Saturday.
Abbaye de Talloires, member of Great Hotels of the World in the French Alps, has recently appointed Georges Ringeisen as the property's new head chef.
It seems like only yesterday we were out in Paris with Orientor bidding for Group 1 glory in the Abbaye.
He's paid his way for his owner Liam (Mulryan) this season and although he'll be a vastly improved proposition as a four-year-old, we'll head to Paris next week and have a crack at the Abbaye.
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.
SAINSBURY'S ABBAYE IF you're looking for a beer to share round the table, then pick up a bottle of Sainsbury's Abbaye Biere de Belgique.
The twenty-seven EU commissioners will hold a workshop, on 11 and 12 September in Abbaye de la Ramee in Jodoigne (Walloon Brabant), in order to discuss the political priorities not only for the second half of 2008 but also for the last year of their term.
The Prix de l' Abbaye and multiple Irish winner was weak in the market at Sha Tin, but was prominent in the early stages before dropping back to eventually finish last of the 13 behind the impressive Sacred Kingdom.
The bar, which is seeing its third reincarnation under manager Leon Blethyn, will become a swanky continental theme bar selling beers from Abbaye d'Aulne and Abdij Dobbel to Zanzi, Zeeuwsche Zotheid and Zeurprise.
The Romanesque ruins of the Abbaye de Montmajour dominate the surrounding Provencal landscape from the top of a hill about 5km north of Aries.