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René (2 syl.)

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Le bon Roi René. Son of Louis II., Duc dʹAnjou, Comte de Provence, father of Margaret of Anjou. The last minstrel monarch, just, joyous, and debonair; a friend to chase and tilt, but still more so to poetry and music. He gave in largesses to knights-errant and minstrels (so says Thiebault) more than he received in revenue. (1408–1480.)

“Studying to promote, as far as possible, the immediate mirth and good humour of his subjects … he was never mentioned by them excepting as Le bon Roi René, a distinction … due to him certainly by the qualities of his heart, if not by those of his head.”—Sir Walter Scott: Anne of Geierstein, chap. xxix.

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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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