The Gate of Angels Setting & Symbolism

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St. Angelicus College, Cambridge University

St. Angelicus is distinguished by being among the smallest of the university's colleges--and one founded 500 years earlier by a Catholic pope whose papacy was disputed but did not, conveniently for those seeking to legitimize an alternative pope, die quietly but instead held very public audiences. Although Pope Benedict eventually died of old age in his 90s, a nun had been bribed to poison him using the dried fruits which were his only indulgence. He vomited; she was burned at the stake; his body is later exhumed and decapitated by marauding French soldiers; every meal at St Angelicus concludes with dried fruit.

While gentlemen are typically served their wines and brandies in different rooms, at St Angelicus, because of its size, they are all drunk at the same table. The college has an inner courtyard with an old walnut tree. It is constructed like...

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