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PARVISE PARVIS

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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 877 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PARVISE PARVIS, Or PARVYSE, an open space surrounded by an enceinte or stone parapet in front of buildings, particularly cathedrals or large churches; probably first used to keep the people from pressing on and confusing the marshalling of processions. The word " parvis " is French and is a corruption of Lat. paradisus, an enclosed garden or paradise (q.v.), which is sometimes also used instead of " parvis." The Lat. paradisus is defined by Du Cange (Glossarium, s.v.) as atrium porticibus circumdatum ante aedes sacras. At St Paul's in London the " parvis " was a place where lawyers met for consultation.
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