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Nails of the Cross

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The nails with which our Lord was fastened to the cross were, in the Middle Ages, objects of great reverence. Sir John Maundeville says, “He had two in his hondes, and two in his feet; and of on of theise the emperour of Canstantynoble made a brydille to his hors, to bere him in bataylle; and throghe vertue thereof he overcam his enemyes” (c. vii.). Fifteen are shown as relies. (See Iron Crown.)

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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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Nahushtan
Naiads
Nail
Nail (For want of a)
Nail-money
Nail fixed in the Temple (of Jupiter)
Nail in One’s Coffin
Nail One’s Colours to the Mast (To)
Nailed
Nails driven into Cottage Walls
Nails of the Cross
Nain Rouge
Naivete (pron. nah-eve-ty)
Naked Lady
Naked Truth
Nakeer
Nala
Nama
Namby Pamby Philips
Name
Name