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Crilʹlon

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Where wert thou, Crillon? Crillon, surnamed the Brace, in his old age went to church, and listened intently to the story of the Crucifixion. In the middle of the narrative he grew excited, and, unable to contain himself, cried out, “Ou étais - tu, Crillon?” (What were you about, Crillon, to allow of such things as these?).

N.B. Louis de Berton des Balbes de Crillon was one of the greatest captains of the sixteenth century. Born in Provence 1541, died 1615.

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Henri IV., after the battle of Argives (1589), wrote to Crillon the following letter: “Prend-toi, brave Crillon, nous avons vaincu à Arques, et tu nʹy ctais pas.” The first and last part of this letter have become proverbial.

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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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Crestfallen
Crete
Creticus
Cretinism
Crex
Crib (A)
Crib (A)
Crib
Cricket
Crikey
Crillon
Crimen læsæ Majestatis (Latin)
Crimp
Crimp of Death (A)
Cringle (Tom)
Cripple
Cripplegate
Criss-cross Row (Christ-cross row)
Crishna
Crisis
Crispin

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Crillon