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CHAPELLE ARDENTE (Fr. " burning chape...

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 851 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHAPELLE ARDENTE (Fr. " burning chapel "), the chapel or room in which the corpse of a sovereign or other exalted personage lies in state pending the funeral service. The name is in allusion to the many candles which are lighted round the catafalque. This custom is first chronicled as occurring at the obsequies of Dagobert I. (602–638).
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