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Friar Bungay

is an historical character overlaid with legends. It is said that he “raised mists and vapours which befriended Edward IV. at the battle of Barnet.”

“[Friar Bungay is] the personification of the charlatan of science in the 15th century.” —Lord Lytton [Bulwer Lytton]:The Last of the Barons.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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