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Scholastic sanctuary was the idea of giving sanctuary to an individual at a scholastic place. This was a custom in Lyra's world, and Lyra Belacqua was the first child to receive this status from Jordan College.[1]

Certain Latin words had to be said to gain scholastic sanctuary: "Secendum legem de refugio scholasticorum, protectionem tegimentumque huius collegii pro (name of person) nomine reposco".[1] literally meaning "According to the law of refuge of scholastics, I claim the protection and shelter of this college for (name) by name".[2]

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