One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The bishops in the House of Lords.
- ‘The Lords Spiritual are the archbishops and bishops of the Church of England who sit in Parliament as representatives of the established Church of England.’
- ‘Until the Reformation in the 16th century, the Lords Spiritual made up the majority of members of the House of Lords.’
- ‘There are 26 Lords Spiritual: the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the Bishops of Durham, London and Winchester and 21 other Bishops by seniority.’
Lords spiritual/lôrdz ˈspiriCH(əw)əl/
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