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Black Brunswickers

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A corps of 700 volunteer hussars under the command of Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick, who had been forbidden by Napoleon to succeed to his father’s dukedom. They were calledBlack” because they wore mourning for the deceased Duke. Frederick William fell at Quatre-Bras, 1815. One of Millais’s best pictures is called “The Black Brunswicker.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Black in the Face
Black is White
Black Act
Black Acts
Black Art
Black Assize
Black-balled
Black Book
Black Books
Black Brunswickers
Black Cap
Black Cattle
Black Cattle
Black Death
Black Diamonds
Black Dog
Black Doll (A)
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Black Flag (A)
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