Carrier's republican marriages. A device of wholesale
slaughter, adopted by Carrier, proconsul of Nantes, in the first French
Revolution. It consisted in tying men and women together by their hands
and feet, and casting them into the Loire. (1794.)
Close times of marriages in the Catholic Church. (1) Ab Adventu
usque ad Epiphaniam (from Advent to Epiphany). (2) A Septuagesima usque
ad octavus Pasche inclusive (from Septuagesima to the eighth Easter).
(3) A secunda feria in Rogationibus usque ad primam dominicam post
Pentacosten (from the second feast in Rogation to the first Sunday
after Pentecost exclusive).
(Liber Sacerdotalis ... Secundum Ritum Sanctæ Romance et
Apostolicæ Ecclesiæ; 1537.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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