The Bishops place themselves on each side the court, in manner of consistory; below them, the Scribes.
Enter two Vergers, with short silver wands; next them, two Scribes, in the habit of doctors; after them, the Archbishop of Canterbury alone; after him, the Bishops of Lincoln, Ely, Rochester, and Saint Asaph; next them, with some small distance, follows a Gentleman bearing the purse, with the great seal, and a cardinal’s hat; then two Priests, bearing each silver cross; then a Gentleman Usher bareheaded, accompanied with a Sergeant-at-arms bearing a silver mace; then two Gentlemenů
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The scribe was expected to perform his task with purity of spirit.
With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, historians learned that Jewish scribes were very accurate.