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Ganʹelon (g hard)

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Count of Mayence, one of Charlemagne’s paladins, the “Judas” of knights. His castle was built on the Blooksberg, the loftiest peak of the Hartz mountains Jealousy of Roland made him a traitor; and in order to destroy his rival, he planned with Marsillus, the Moorish king, the attack of Roncesvallës. He was six and a-half feet high, with glaring eyes and fiery hair; he loved solitude, was very taciturn, disbelieved in the existence of moral good, and never had a friend. His name is a by-word for a traitor of the basest sort.

“Have you not held me at such a distance from your counsels, as if I were the most faithless spy since the days of Ganelon?”—Sir Walter Scott: The Abbot, chap. xxiv.


“You would have thought him [Ganelon] one of Attila’s Huns, rather than one of the paladins of Charlemagne’s court.”—Croquemitaine, iii.

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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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