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date: 07 October 2022

canon (ecclesiastical title). 

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
F. L. CrossF. L. Cross, E. A. LivingstoneE. A. Livingstone

Though first applied to all clergy on the official staff of a diocese (excluding monks, private chaplains, etc.), the word was gradually limited to those secular clergy belonging to a cathedral or collegiate church. They had a share in the revenues of the Church and were bound to a common life there, though in the early Middle Ages this was not very uniformly interpreted. Before the 11th cent., a canonry was often consistent with the holding of private property and periods of non-residence; but from then onwards those continuing to maintain this mode of life came to be known as ‘secular canons’ to distinguish them from the ... ...

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