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-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 sortviz. 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.)
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.
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.).
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.
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