A type of mass excommunication which forbade the celebration of Christian services or sacraments within a specified area. It also meant that no infants could be baptized, no couples wed and no dead properly buried.
Related term(s): Excommunication; Excommunicate; Clergy; Pope; Secular
Category: Western Christianity
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Hollister, C. Warren and Judith M. Bennett. Medieval History: A Short History. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.