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go to Canossa

To become or make oneself humble; to do a penance or seek absolution for some wrong. A reference to Canossa Castle in Emilia Romagna, Italy, where Emperor Henry IV humbled himself before Pope Gregory VII in 1077 to have his excommunication lifted. After the company completely bungled the contract, the CEO himself went to Canossa in an attempt to pacify the clients. Looks like we'll have to go to Canossa and ask the IT department to fix our computers again.
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She became seriously ill, which required 'painful cures, isolation and interior withdrawal,' and was 'vaccinated against temptations of the world,' according to Marina Airondi and Dorino Tuniz in Saint Magdalena of Canossa: Memoirs.
Deterding, S., Canossa, A., Harteveld, C., Cooper, S., Nacke, L.
(138) Hildebrand was Pope Gregory VII who denied the right to invest bishops to the German Emperor Henry IV; at Canossa Henry had to bow before the Pope to plead for the withdrawal of his excommunication--see <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope Gregory VII> and <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walk_to_Canossa>.
Short of making Damascus the new Canossa for self-abasement, there is nothing President Barack Obama can do to persuade his Russian counterpart that he is not seeking violent regime change in Syria.
Se trataba de trazar un itinerario de regreso a Roma, sin pasar por Canossa. Un acontecimiento puntual que permite avanzar en el proceso de descongelacion de la situacion, y de la reanudacion de las relaciones diplomaticas es la canonizacion de Juana de Arco, en Roma el 16 de abril de 1920.
Es bien sabido que la "querella de las investiduras", en el siglo XI, enfrento a dos grandes personalidades, el Papa Gregorio VII y el emperador Enrique IV, Este debio humillarse en Canossa para no ser excomulgado y la Iglesia gano, al menos temporalmente, poder e influencia.
E consigliabile che gli studenti prendano confidenza anche con il periodo storico in cui si colloca la vicenda di Enrico IV e Matilde di Canossa, con i rapporti storici tra i vari personaggi e come questi sono rappresentati nel testo pirandelliano.
(22) The seemingly nostalgic resuscitation of the bygone era of cosmopolitan paganism under Roman rule, and the dramatic medieval showdown between Henry IV of Germany and Pope Gregory VII which featured Henry's famous Walk to Canossa (pp.
Wallace offers a sensitive and sophisticated appraisal of Michelangelo's self-image: how the artist's pre-occupation with his family's heritage as descendents from the counts of Canossa, and his determination to be acknowledged as a member of the patrician class, may have impacted his business dealings with patrons but failed as an attempt to control his literary identity.
Main attractions in Garda also include Carlotti Canossa Palace, a large building with towers and an external staircase to the le side.
The extraordinary deeds of Countess Matilda of Canossa (1046-1115) in defense of the papacy conferred upon her the right to permanent remembrance in the history of the Church, as well as to a select burial place in St.