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{adj: twelfth, 12th} coming next after the eleventh and just before the thirteenth in position

{n: Albigenses, Cathars, Cathari} a Christian religious sect in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; believers in Albigensianism

{n: Albigensianism, Catharism} a Christian movement considered to be a medieval descendant of Manichaeism in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; characterized by dualism (asserted the coexistence of two mutually opposed principles, one good and one evil); was exterminated for heresy during the Inquisition

{n: Arnold of Brescia} Italian theologian who censured the worldly possessions of monks and the temporal power of bishops and was condemned for dogmatic errors by the Second Lateran Council (early 12th century)

{n: Beguine} (Roman Catholic Church) a member of a lay sisterhood (one of several founded in the Netherlands in the 12th and 13th centuries); though not taking religious vows the sisters followed an austere life

{n: Carmelite order, Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel} a Roman Catholic mendicant order founded in the 12th century

{n: December, Dec} the last (12th) month of the year

{n: El Cid} the hero of a Spanish epic poem from the 12th century

{n: Gothic, Gothic architecture} a style of architecture developed in northern France that spread throughout Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries; characterized by slender vertical piers and counterbalancing buttresses and by vaulting and pointed arches

{n: Hakka} a member of a people of southeastern China (especially Hong Kong, Canton, and Taiwan) who migrated from the north in the 12th century

{n: L, letter l} the 12th letter of the Roman alphabet

{n: Norman architecture} a Romanesque style first appearing in Normandy around 950 AD and used in Britain from the Norman Conquest until the 12th century

{n: Peru, Republic of Peru} a republic in western South America; achieved independence from Spain in 1821; was the heart of the Inca empire from the 12th to 16th centuries

{n: Philistine} a member of an Aegean people who settled ancient Philistia around the 12th century BC

{n: Robin Hood} legendary English outlaw of the 12th century; said to have robbed the rich to help the poor

{n: Shang, Shang dynasty} the imperial dynasty ruling China from about the 18th to the 12th centuries BC

{n: Taylor, Zachary Taylor, President Taylor} 12th President of the United States; died in office (1784-1850)

{n: Waldenses, Vaudois} a Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 12th century adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 16th century

{n: assassin} a member of a secret order of Muslims (founded in the 12th century) who terrorized and killed Christian Crusaders

{n: bat mitzvah, bath mitzvah, bas mitzvah} (Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 12th birthday of a Jewish girl and signifying the beginning of religious responsibility

{n: burgrave} the military governor of a German town in the 12th and 13th centuries

{n: lamedh} the 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet

{n: mu} the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet

{n: saga} a narrative telling the adventures of a hero or a family; originally (12th to 14th centuries) a story of the families that settled Iceland and their descendants but now any prose narrative that resembles such an account

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