Their hosts are the cross-legged knights. That is, the stone
effigies of the Round Church. In this church at one time lawyers met
their clients, and here a host of vagabonds used to loiter about all
day, under the hope of being hired as witnesses. Dining with the
cross-legged knights meant much the same thing as dining with duke
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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