King Franconi to King's Cave

King Franconi Joachim Murat; so called because he was once a mountebank like Franconi. (1767- 1815.)

King Horn or Childe Horn. The hero of a metrical romance by Mestre Thomas.

King Log A roi fainéant, a king that rules in peace and quietness, but never makes his power felt. The allusion is to the fable of The Frogs desiring a King. (See Log .)

King-maker Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick; so called because, when he sided with Henry VI., Henry was king; but when he sided with Edward IV., Henry was deposed and Edward was king. He was killed at the battle of Barnet. (1420-1471.)

King Mob The “ignobile vulgus.

King Pétaud The court of King Pétaud. A kind of Alsatia, where all are talkers with no hearers, all are kings with no subjects, all are masters and none servants. There was once a society of beggars in France, the chief of whom called himself King Pétaud. (Latin, peto, to beg.)

King Ryence of North Wales, sent a dwarf to King Arthur to say “he had overcome eleven kings, all of which paid him homage in this sort–viz. they gave him their beards to purfell his mantle. He now required King Arthur to do likewise.” King Arthur returned answer, “My beard is full young yet for a purfell, but before it is long enough for such a purpose, King Ryence shall do me homage on both his knees.” (See Percy's Reliques, etc., series iii. book 1.)
   Spenser says that Lady Briana loved a knight named Crudor, who refused to marry her till she sent him a mantle lined with the beards of knights and locks of ladies. To accomplish this, she appointed Maleffort, her seneschal, to divest every lady that drew near the castle of her locks, and every knight of his beard. (Faërie Queene, book vi. canto 1.)

King Stork A tyrant that devours his subjects, and makes them submissive with fear and trembling. The allusion is to the fable of The Frogs desiring a King. (See Log .)

King-of-Arms An officer whose duty it is to direct the heralds, preside at chapters, and have the jurisdiction of armoury. There are three kings-of-arms in England viz. Garter, Clarencieux, and Norroy; one in Scotland viz. Lyon; and one in Ireland, called Ulster.
   Bath King-of-Arms is no member of the college, but takes precedence next after Garter. The office was created in 1725 for the service of the Order of the Bath. (See Heralds.)

King of Bark Christopher III. of Scandinavia, who, in a time of great scarcity, had the bark of birchwood mixed with meal for food. (Fifteenth century.)

King of Bath Richard Nash, generally called Beau Nash, who was leader of fashion and master of the ceremonies at that city for some fifty-six years. He was ultimately ruined by gambling. (1674-1761.)

King of Beasts The lion.

King of Dalkey A burlesque officer, like the Mayor of Garratt, the Mayor of the Pig Market, and the Mayor of the Bull-ring (q.v.).
    Dalkey is a small island in St. George's Channel, near the coast of Ireland, a little to the south of Dublin Bay.

King of Khorassan So Anvari, the Persian poet of the twelfth century, is called.

King of Metals Gold, which is not only the most valuable of metals, but also is without its peer in freedom from alloy. It is got without smelting; wherever it exists it is visible to the eye; and it consorts with little else than pure silver. Even with this precious alloy, the pure metal ranges from sixty to ninety-nine per cent.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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