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 Pope’s Sermon (A).Popefigland. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Pope’s Tiara (The).
He calls himself (1) Head of the Catholic or Universal Church; (2) Sole Arbiter of its Rights; and (3) Sovereign Father of all the kings of the earth. From these assumptions he wears a triple crown—one as High Priest, one as Emperor, and one as King. (See Brady, 250, 251.)   1
   For the first five centuries the Bishops of Rome wore a bonnet, like other ecclesiastics.   2
   Pope Hormasdas (514–523) placed on his bonnet the crown sent him by Clovis.   3
   Boniface VIII. (1224–1303) added a second crown during his struggles with Philip the Fair.   4
   John XXII. (1410–1415) assumed the third crown.   5

 Pope’s Sermon (A).Popefigland. 

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