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  • The outspoken prelates had an unusually public dispute.
  • The story of a prince who could not be killed, a priest who warned of a goddess’s wrath, a French prelate who believed he’d bought the same stone centuries later.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • For, instead of a long train with royal diadems, I saw in one family two fiddlers, three spruce courtiers, and an Italian prelate.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • How could you do it? you, naturally so gentle, to slay a Jew and a prelate in two minutes!
    Voltaire  --  Candide

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  • The plump shadowed face and sullen oval jowl recalled a prelate, patron of arts in the middle ages.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • —Here cometh the worthy prelate, as pert as a pyet.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • He fell heavily upon the prelate’s upturned toes.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Nobody was certain whether the Knights had blackmailed the Vatican or whether the Church simply tried to buy the Knights’ silence, but Pope Innocent II immediately issued an unprecedented papal bull that afforded the Knights Templar limitless power and declared them "a law unto themselves"—an autonomous army independent of all interference from kings and prelates, both religious and political.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • You are a prelate,—revenues, palace, horses, servants, good table, all the sensualities of life; you have this like the rest, and like the rest, you enjoy it; it is well; but this says either too much or too little; this does not enlighten me upon the intrinsic and essential value of the man who comes with the probable intention of bringing wisdom to me.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Monsieur," Gringoire inquired of one of his neighbors, "who are all those persons ranged yonder, like prelates in council?"
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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  • Waxy came down to ratify the deeds—Lord Southdown gave away his sister—she was married by a Bishop, and not by the Rev. Bartholomew Irons—to the disappointment of the irregular prelate.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • For whenever these factions have their cardinals they do not remain quiet for long, because cardinals foster the factions in Rome and out of it, and the barons are compelled to support them, and thus from the ambitions of prelates arise disorders and tumults among the barons.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • His very body had waxed old in lowly service of the Lord—in tending the fire upon the altar, in bearing tidings secretly, in waiting upon worldlings, in striking swiftly when bidden—and yet had remained ungraced by aught of saintly or of prelatic beauty.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • A keener regard attached to the prelates, by reason of his own former hopes.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • He and Amory took to each other at first sight—the jovial, impressive prelate who could dazzle an embassy ball, and the green-eyed, intent youth, in his first long trousers, accepted in their own minds a relation of father and son within a half-hour’s conversation.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • They entered a small paneled room where supposed prelates prepared the sacraments.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Probably king, prelate, and puritan, all found their own account in it.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Not to mention leading personalities like the Cardinal de Retz DUDARD: A prelate!
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • My gracious sovereign, now in Devonshire, As I by friends am well advertised, Sir Edward Courtney, and the haughty prelate, Bishop of Exeter, his elder brother, With many more confederates, are in arms.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • But unexpected difficulties presented themselves, in the oaths with which the policy of England had fettered their establishment; and much time was spent before a conscientious sense of duty would permit the prelates of Britain to delegate the authority so earnestly sought.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • One thought of all the books that were assembled down there; of the pictures of old prelates and worthies hanging in the panelled rooms; of the painted windows that would be throwing strange globes and crescents on the pavement; of the tablets and memorials and inscriptions; of the fountains and the grass; of the quiet rooms looking across the quiet quadrangles.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Gregory XVI, that aristocratic and autocratic prelate, who stood so consistently on the wrong side in European politics, and was the enemy of Free Italy, had done more than any of his predecessors to propagate the Faith in remote parts of the world.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • His bootes supple, his horse in great estate, Now certainly he was a fair prelate; He was not pale as a forpined* ghost; *wasted A fat swan lov’d he best of any roast.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • "I was then much obliged to that reverend prelate, John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal, and Chancellor of England; a man," said he, "Peter (for Mr. More knows well what he was), that was not less venerable for his wisdom and virtues than for the high character he bore: he was of a middle stature, not broken with age; his looks begot reverence rather than fear; his conversation was easy, but serious and grave; he sometimes took pleasure to try the force of those that came as…
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • — You, son John, and my cousin Westmoreland, Towards York shall bend you with your dearest speed, To meet Northumberland and the prelate Scroop, Who, as we hear, are busily in arms: Myself,—and you, son Harry,—will towards Wales, To fight with Glendower and the Earl of March.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • Do you know that the orange lodges agitated for repeal of the union twenty years before O’Connell did or before the prelates of your communion denounced him as a demagogue?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And lastly a gentle-voiced prelate spoke, during whose meek, familiar rhyme, endeared to him from earliest childhood, Jude fell asleep: Teach me to live, that I may dread The grave as little as my bed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • So may I the’,* thou art a proper man, *thrive And like a prelate, by Saint Ronian; Said I not well?
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • The arrival of the illustrious guests had by no means caused him to relax his hold, and, while the prelates and ambassadors were packing themselves into the stalls—like genuine Flemish herrings—he settled himself at his ease, and boldly crossed his legs on the architrave.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • These are the bishops who stand well at Court, who are rich, well endowed, skilful, accepted by the world, who know how to pray, no doubt, but who know also how to beg, who feel little scruple at making a whole diocese dance attendance in their person, who are connecting links between the sacristy and diplomacy, who are abbes rather than priests, prelates rather than bishops.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The people had tasted this new joy; and, as we could not hope to suppress newspapers now,—no, not by the strongest party,—neither then could king, prelate, or puritan,—alone or united, suppress an organ, which was ballad, epic, newspaper, caucus, lecture, Punch,[530] and library, at the same time.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The learned prelate who administered the last comforts of holy religion to the hero martyr when about to pay the death penalty knelt in a most christian spirit in a pool of rainwater, his cassock above his hoary head, and offered up to the throne of grace fervent prayers of supplication.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • —King John There was brave feasting in the Castle of York, to which Prince John had invited those nobles, prelates, and leaders, by whose assistance he hoped to carry through his ambitious projects upon his brother’s throne.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • REQUIESCANT of Nisibi, later on Cardinal, remarkable for his long, pensive nose, and another Monsignor, entitled thus: Abbate Palmieri, domestic prelate, one of the seven participant prothonotaries of the Holy See, Canon of the illustrious Liberian basilica, Advocate of the saints, Postulatore dei Santi, which refers to matters of canonization, and signifies very nearly: Master of Requests of the section of Paradise.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • —We will take thee at the same ransom with Prior Aymer, or rather at one hundred crowns lower, which hundred crowns shall be mine own peculiar loss, and not light upon this worshipful community; and so we shall avoid the heinous offence of rating a Jew merchant as high as a Christian prelate, and thou wilt have six hundred crowns remaining to treat for thy daughter’s ransom.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Of this famous house, some of the greatest noblemen, prelates, and dignitaries in England are governors: and as the boys are very comfortably lodged, fed, and educated, and subsequently inducted to good scholarships at the University and livings in the Church, many little gentlemen are devoted to the ecclesiastical profession from their tenderest years, and there is considerable emulation to procure nominations for the foundation.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • ] You, my lord, Your son in Scotland being thus employ’d, Shall secretly into the bosom creep Of that same noble prelate, well beloved, Th’ Archbishop.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • …nothing, and a future livelihood and profession assured, was so excellent a scheme that some of the richest people did not disdain it; and not only great men’s relations, but great men themselves, sent their sons to profit by the chance—Right Rev. prelates sent their own kinsmen or the sons of their clergy, while, on the other hand, some great noblemen did not disdain to patronize the children of their confidential servants—so that a lad entering this establishment had every variety of…
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "May I so find mercy in your eyes," said the Jew, "as I know not one word which the reverend prelate spake to me all this fearful night.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • "None but ’latro famosus’—the interpretation whereof," said the Prior, "will I give at some other time and tide—would place a Christian prelate and an unbaptized Jew upon the same bench.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • At Durango the old Mexican prelate there had, after some delay, delivered to him the documents that defined his Vicarate, and Father Latour rode back the fifteen hundred miles to Santa Fé through the sunny days of early winter.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
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