An origin I have heard given for a mitre is that it is
a stylised Gospel Book, complete with ribbon markers,
showing the bishop (or abbot) as under the burden of
the Gospel. I suspect that this is a piece of
On the topic of who wears, it is perhaps worth
mentioning that my understanding is that popes have
never worn mitres in the past; the present pontiff is
the first to do so since the triple crown was
relegated to a storecupboard by Paul VI.
--- Marjorie Greene <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >
Abbots today wear smaller and less elaborate mitres
> than bishops, but wear them they do. However I don't
> know when this began.
> On a tangent, the origin of the mitre is allegedly
> Greek cap worn by champion athletes. I find this
> unconvincing and would like any other opinions on
> subject, should anyone care to offer one.
> Best to all,
> --- Christopher Crockett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > maybe i misunderstand the meaning of the word
> > --funny sort of double pointed
> > hat, is it not? worn by bishops --exclusively,
> > n-est-pas?-- including the
> > bishop of Rome
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