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CONSISTORY, ecclesiastical law. An assembly of cardinals convoked by the pope. The consistory is public or secret. It is public, when the pope receives princes or gives audience to ambassadors; secret, when he fills vacant sees, proceeds to the canonization of saints, or judges and settles certain contestations submitted to him.
     2. A court which was formerly held among protestants, in which the bishop presided, assisted by some of his clergy, also bears this name. It is now held in England, by the bishop's chancellor or commissary, and some other ecclesiastical officers, either in the cathedral, church, or other place in his diocese, for the determination of ecclesiastical cases arising in that diocese. Merl. Rep. h.t.; Burns' Dict. h.t.

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In the extant London Consistory Court depositions for 1586-1611 it is very unusual to have a written contract.
For in addition to the kind of contract, the depositions from the London Consistory Court indicate that goodwill, tokens, the intentions of the man and woman, and public fame were proof of a contract.
The extant London Consistory Court depositions for 1586-1611 offer much more information and possible implications about players and playgoers than we have previously understood.
Giese (ed), London Consistory Court Depositions, 1586-1611: List and Indexes (London, 1997 for 1995).
6) I have concentrated my research on the twenty-five-year period of 1586-1611 for two reasons: (1) within this period there were sharp increases in the population of London and in the number of cases coming to the consistory court, and (2) important changes occurred in canon law (1597 and 1604) and also in the monarchy.