One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A screen, typically of richly carved wood or stone, separating the nave from the chancel of a church. Rood screens are found throughout western Europe and date chiefly from the 14th–16th centuries.
- ‘Today the building has interesting features including stained glass windows, a carved rood screen, a pipe organ, a choir vestry and a beautifully carved pulpit.’
- ‘His architectural work included not only the buildings but also the decorative elements within and without, with an emphasis on tiling, fireplaces, furniture and the rood screen.’
- ‘Then there was William Dowsing, the official iconoclast who went around East Anglia ordering the destruction of rood screens and stained-glass windows.’
- ‘Not just any old rood screen - but probably the best rood screen in all of England.’
- ‘He explains, moreover, the underlying meaning of chancel, altar, liturgy, rood and rood screen - their crucial role in separating parishioners from the stage and drama of the Mass.’
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