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Drowned in a Butt of Malmsey

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George, Duke of Clarence, being allowed to choose by what death he would die, chose drowning in malmsey wine (1477). See the continuation of Monstrelet, 196; Fulgosus, ix. 12; Martin du Bellais’s Memoirs (year 1514).

Admitting this legend to be an historic fact, it is not unique: Michael Harslob, of Berlin, wished to meet death in a similar way in 1571, if we may credit the inscription on his tomb:—        

“In cyatho vini pleno cum musca periret,

Sic, ait Oeneus, sponte perire velim.”

“When in a cup of wine a fly was drowned,

So, said Vinarius, may my days be crowned.”

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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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