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Q: Form of address - for Scriptor ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Form of address - for Scriptor
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: archae0pteryx-ga
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Posted: 05 Dec 2005 09:10 PST
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Question ID: 601678
Hi, Scriptor,

Would the priest in the Church of Sainte-Olive be known as Father Jan
or Father Vardyc?

Would the church support more than one priest?  I need two.

Thank you,

Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 05 Dec 2005 10:54 PST
Dear Tryx,

while in modern French, the respectful address "Père" (Father) for a
priest is followed by his surname, this used to be different in the
Middle Ages. In medieval France, the name a person had recieved at
baptism was considered the principal name. The additional last name
was only used to individualize a person, since the number of available
baptismal names was limited. Neither were these last names necessarily
hereditary, nor unalterable. Heritability of fixed last names evolved
very slowly, and it became not fully common before 1539, when king
François I issued the decree of Villers-Cotterêts that ordered his
subjects to adopt fixed family names.
Since the last name was not considered a person's principal name, but
only an additional differentiator that could even change, your priest
would have been known as "Père Jean" (or, in Flemish, Vader Jan).

As for the question whether the church would support more than one
priest: Certainly, yes. Churches in medieval towns, especially such of
a certain importance, usually had one or several auxililary priests.
After all, the religious ceremonies were numerous and longsome, and
often several ceremonies took place simultaneously. An important town
church (especially one displaying relics and thus attracting pilgrims)
would surely have more than only one priest to conduct all the
services, rites and ceremonies.

Is that what you needed to know?


Clarification of Question by archae0pteryx-ga on 05 Dec 2005 16:09 PST
Yes, thank you, Scriptor, that is exactly what I want to know.  Please
post your answer.

Subject: Re: Form of address - for Scriptor
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 05 Dec 2005 16:52 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you, Tryx. It's always a pleasure to help you. You must let me
know when your book is published ... I'm really curious.


Clarification of Answer by scriptor-ga on 05 Dec 2005 17:58 PST
I'm looking forward to the final result of your creative efforts, dear
Tryx ... thank you!

archae0pteryx-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.19
And it's always very satisfying to receive your answers. Thank you.

I still have a long way to go, but I'm making progress.  You're
helping me finish a pivotal scene.


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