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STIRPES, descents. The root, stem, or stock of a tree. Figuratively, it signifies, in law, that person from whom a family is descended, and also the kindred or family.
     2. It is chiefly used in estimating the several interests of the different kindred, in the distribution of an intestate's estate. 2 Bl. Com. 517 and vide Descent; Line.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The antiphon Stirps regalis for Saint Edith is a unicum, not known beyond Wilton.
Clearly the stirps was important in this case, and its signal reference perhaps marks competition between various families within the larger Medici clan.
There are three appendices with further excerpts from Widukind of Corvey's Res Gestae, a genealogical reconstruction of the Stirps Widukindi, and an analysis of an episode at the last parting of Mathilda and Otto I.
Matthew Clear writes about the patronage of Maria of Hungary, and together with other contributors refers to the beata stirps (dynastic saints) not only of the French, but also of Maria herself, connected with St Elisabeth of Thuringia/Hungary, whose life is depicted beneath the Passion cycle in the nuns' raised choir.
On hard surface with meat mallet or similar flattening tool, pound chicken to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 1-inch stirps.
Fortunately, a version of this piece is available (Ensemble Venance Fortunat, Stirps Jesse (Quantum QM 6899)), but it is a shame that it should be missing from this recording.
He had certainly no objection to democracies as such, noting in |Of Nobility' that they |are commonly, more quiet, and lesse subject to Sedition, than where there are Stirps of Nobles'.(3) More significantly he shared Lee's admiration for the analysis of Roman republicanism presented in the Discorsi of Machiavelli.(4) (1) V.ii.42-61; from The Works of Nathaniel Lee, ed.
Anima mea liquefacta est / Stirps Jesse, with its text from the Song of Songs and archaisms reflecting English precedents, to the 1468 marriage of Charles the Bold of Burgundy and Margaret of York--and for also attributing the "remarkably attractive and accomplished" anonymous four-voice motet O pulcherrima mulierum Girum celi circuivi (p.