Lictor Magnificus is the title held by Thomas O'Hogarty Gormenghast as evidenced in A Short Guide to Catholic Church History (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 51).


A lictor (possibly from Latin: ligare, "to bind") was a Roman civil servant who was a bodyguard to magistrates who held imperium - or power or command[1].  "Perhaps there may be a mild jab at ecclesiastical spear-carriers as part of a bishop's retinue, but again I think the baroque splendor in the combination of name and title was constructed primarily to appeal to John's well-developed sense of the absurd.[2]"


  1. Wikipedia: Lictor
  2. Correspondence with Charles Bowen.

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