In distinction to the "clergy" we find the "laity" (Gr.
Permitted the clergy to make voluntary contributions to the king when there was urgent necessity, and the resources of the laity had proved inadequate.
This was a popular work intended for the laity; but there are others strictly professional.
But if he thus incurred the hostility of the High Church party among the clergy, he was admired by the laity for his strong sense, his clear and forcible reasoning, and his wide knowledge, and he remained to the last a power in the north of England.
The fame of his vast journeys appears to have made a much greater impression on the laity of his native territory than on his Franciscan brethren.