- skip - Brewer’s

Royal Merchant

.

In the thirteenth century the Venetians were masters of the sea, and some of their wealthy merchants—as the Sanuʹdos, the Justiniaʹni, the Grimalʹdi, and others—erected principalities in divers places of the Archipelago, which their descendants enjoyed for many centuries. These self-created princes were called “royal merchants.” (Warburton.)

“Glancing an eye of pity on his losses,

That have of late so huddled on his back,

Enough to press a royal merchant down.”


Sir Thomas Gresham was called a “royal merchant.”

previous entry · index · next entry

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

previous entry · index · next entry

Row (rhyme with now)
Rowdy (rhyme with cloudy)
Rowena
Rowland
Rowley (Thomas)
Rowned in the Ear
Roxburghe Club
Roy (Le) [or la Reine] savisera
Royal Arms
Royal Goats (The)
Royal Merchant
Royal Road to Learning
Royal Titles
Royston (Herts)
Rozinante
Ruach
Rub
Rubber of Whist (A)
Rubens Women
Rubi
Rubicon