name formerly given to the Whitefriars district in London, England, which was a sanctuary for debtors and lawbreakers.
ancient name of .
Historical Examples

The Lumber Yard is a sort of Alsatia, to which the hunted prisoner retires.
For the Term of His Natural Life Marcus Clarke

The monument is represented in Schoepflin, Alsatia Illustrata, 1751, vol.
Woman under Monasticism Lina Eckenstein

The name of Alsatia had been long forgotten, but the asylum still remained.
South London Sir Walter Besant

There were other places equally secure for rogues, besides Alsatia.
South London Sir Walter Besant

Nigel strikes Dalgarno with his sword, and is obliged to seek refuge in “Alsatia.”
Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.

In France, Alsatia is chosen as a residence by nearly all those that visit that country.
Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier

The Alsatia we affected was named in compliment to an English flag-ship—Collingwood row!
Los Gringos H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise

A man of genius might possibly have managed the inhabitants of his Alsatia.
The Long White Cloud William Pember Reeves

But the purlieus of the neighbourhood continue, unhappily, to be the Alsatia of the town.
Toronto of Old Henry Scadding

Ye have been at the ordinaries, and in Alsatia, and learned the ruffian’s rant, I doubt not.
The Fortunes of Nigel Sir Walter Scott

the ancient name for Alsace
an area around Whitefriars, London, in the 17th century, which was a sanctuary for criminals and debtors


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