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The word derives from the Old English "mynster", meaning "monastery",
"nunnery ", "mother church" or "cathedral", itself derived from the Latin
"monasterium", meaning a group of clergy living a communal life. Thus,
"minster" could apply to any ...
Sounds like semantics more than difference.
Tsk tsk. I thought we were talking about Piers Plowman. There may be
little difference *at present*, but the meaning has become very diluted
in the last century or so, with churches being designated minsters that
have never had anything to do with monastic foundations. A minster may
have daughter foundations but 'mother' is not what the word meant.
As for "cathedral", I think it is, strictly, an adjective not a noun,
and refers to the church where the bishop's seat (throne?) was situated.
As in "ex cathedra" - an edict originally issued from that chair (OK,
the person sitting in it), in the "cathedral church". (And it _doesn't_
make the town a city. I think all the time _I_ lived near there,
Chelmsford had a cathedral (church), but _wasn't_ a city, though it has
managed to achieve that status since, I think. (I think I once had a
look inside the building: it was a perfectly nice Victorian-or-similar
church, but not particularly big or notable; I can think of at least one
non-cathedral church (in Jesmond, Newcastle) which is bigger and more
impressive (and I suspect better attended!).)
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
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