Covert-baron to Crawley

Covert-baron, a wife, so called because she is under the covert or protection of her baron or lord.

Cow and Calf, Lewesdon Hill and Pillesdon Pen, in Dorsetshire.

Cowards and Bullies. In S hakespeare we have Parollês and Pistol; in Ben Jonson, Bobadil; in Beaumont and Fletcher, Bessus and Mons. Lapet, the very prince of cowards; in the French drama, Le Capitan, Metamore, and Scaramouch. (See also Basilisco, Captain Noll Bluff, Boroughcliff, Captain Brazen, Sir Petronel Flash, Sacripant, Vincent De La Rose, etc.)

Cowper, called “Author of The Task,” from his principal poem (1731–1800).

Cowper’s Grave, a poem by R. Browning (1812–1889).

Cowper-Temple Clause, the clause (xiv.) in the Elementary Education Act of 1870, which runs thus: “No religious catechism or religious formulary which is distinctive of any particular denomination shall be taught in [board schools].”

Cox’s Diary, a comic story by Thackeray.

Coxcomb, an empty-headed, conceited fop, like an ancient jester, who wore on the top of his cap a piece of red cloth resembling a cock’s comb.

The Prince of Coxcombs, Charles Joseph prince de Ligne (1535–1614).

Richard II. of England (1366, 1377–1400).

Henri III. of France, Le Mignon (1551, 1574–1589).

Coxe (Captain), one of the masques at Kenilworth.—Sir W. Scott: Kenilworth (time, Elizabeth).

Crabshaw (Timothy), the servant of sir Launcelot Greaves’s squire.—Smollett: Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves (1760).

Crabtree, in Smollett’s novel called The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle (1751).

Crabtree, uncle of sir Benjamin Backbite, in Sheridan’s comedy, The School for Scandal (1777)

Crabtree, a gardener at Fairport.—Sir W. Scott: The Antiquary (time, George III.).

Craca, one of the Shetland Isles.—Ossian: Fingal.

Crackenthorp (Father), a publican. Dolly Crackenthorp, daughter of the publican.—Sir W. Scott: Redgauntlet (time, George III.).

Crackit (Flash Toby), one of the villains in the attempted burglary in which Bill Sikes and his associates were concerned.—C. Dickens: Oliver Twist (1837).

Cradlemont, king of Wales, subdued by Arthur, fighting for Leodogran king of Cameliard .—Tennyson: Coming of Arthur.

Cradock (Sir), the only knight who could carve the boar’s head which no cuckold could cut; or drink from a bowl which no cuckold could quaff without spilling the liquor. His lady was the only one in king Arthur’s court who could wear the mantle of chastity brought thither by a boy during Christmas-tide.—Percy: Reliques, etc., III. iii. 18.

Craigdallie (Adam), the senior baillie of Perth.—Sir W. Scott: Fair Maid of Perth (time, Henry IV.).

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