Peter's pence


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Peter's pence an annual contribution made by Roman Catholics to support the papal see
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Peter's pence An annual tax or tribute, formerly paid by the English people to the pope, being a penny for every house, payable on Lammas or St.Peter's day; -- called also Rome scot, and hearth money.
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In literature:

The faith to be planted was blind submission to Rome and the annual payment of Peter's pence.
"The God-Idea of the Ancients" by Eliza Burt Gamble
This is another name for Peter's pence, formerly given to the Pope.
"English Villages" by P. H. Ditchfield
Peter's pence were collected from the people.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 10, Issue 282, November 10, 1827" by Various
They even paid Peter's Pence to Rome.
"Hero Tales of the Far North" by Jacob A. Riis
Peter's Pence was no longer paid by the people, so the burden of papal exaction fell wholly on the clergy.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Peter's Pence, origin of, 317.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
The Pope would recover his annates, his Peter's pence, and his indulgence market.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude
Had Peter only thought to put one cent at interest, there would be no call now for Peter's pence.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
For, in California, as in other Catholic countries, the dispenser of "Peter's Pence" is sure of being held in high estimation.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
He allowed Peter's pence to be collected, but refused to pay tribute to the Pope.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
But the Bishop of Rome may have Peter's Pence and the deciding of doctrines.
"Privy Seal" by Ford Madox Ford
As for Peter's Pence, what could the impoverished folk of this decrepit town furnish!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Beside him was a collecting box, perhaps for Peter's Pence, or for the King's ransom.
"Canterbury" by Canon Danks
Bute made a munificent offering of Peter's Pence to the Pope, who in turn presented him with a magnificent reliquary.
"John Patrick, Third Marquess of Bute, K.T." by David Hunter Blair
The payment of Peter's pence is also commanded.
"The English Church in the Middle Ages" by William Hunt
Peter's pence were contributed on Saint Peter's day (August 1st).
"Canute the Great" by Laurence Marcellus Larson