Glossary

Terms beginning with N

Nave

1)     The nave is the part of the cathedral originally designed for great processions. The Nave is where the main services take place.

Normans

1)     The Normans invaded England in 1066. Their leader became King William the Conqueror. The Normans built many castles, churches and cathedrals. Norman architecture is similar to the Ancient Roman architectural style and so is often known as ‘Romanesque’.

Nun(s)

1)     Nuns are female members of a religious order who choose to live together in community so that they can take vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. Often they are unmarried women but sometimes widows or divorcees are also accepted into the order. Some are enclosed and spend most of their time in prayer, rarely venturing out into the world, while most are able to engage with the world and are often involved in teaching, charitable or missionary work.

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Credits

The original core of this glossary was commissioned from Canon Phillip McFadyen of St George's Colegate, in Norwich.