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Bespoke Clerical Millinery for the Discerning Clergyman

Monday, 4 April 2011

Gold Digger

This is an unassuming three bladed black biretta, in every respect perfectly ordinary and run-of-the-mill, save for the subtle addition of a muted gold tassel which marks it out as the hat of choice of the Benedictine Imperial Abbot; a man whose title is just slightly more exciting than his headwear. We’ll excuse the lack of elan on the ground of monastic asceticism.    



3 comments:

  1. More cold water, but... says who? I've never encountered this. Since Benedictines don't wear birettas it seems very unlikely.

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  2. OK, Mr Philippi says the abbot of St Michael's Abbey at Metten wears one of these. (Though not an imperial abbey according to Wikipedia.)

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