Canossa, in the duchy of Modena, is where (in the winter of
1076-7) Kaiser Heinrich IV. went to humble himself before Pope Gregory
Has the Czar gone to Canossa?
Is he about to eat humble pie?
When, in November, 1887, the Czar went to Berlin to visit the
Emperor of Germany, the Standard asked in a leader, “Has the
Czar gone to Canossa?”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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