(g hard). Count of Mayence, one of Charlemagne's paladins, the “Judas” of knights. His castle was built on the Blocksberg, the loftiest peak of the Hartz mountains. Jelousy of Roland made him a traitor; and in order to destroy his rival, he planned with Marsillus, the Moorish king, the attack of Roncesvallës. He was six and a-half feet high, with glaring eyes and fiery hair; he loved solitude, was very taciturn, disbelieved in the existence of moral good, and never had a friend. His name is a by-word for a traitor of the basest sort.
“Have you not held me at such a distance from your counsels, as if I were the most faithless spy since the days of Ganelon?” —Sir Walter Scott: The Abbot, chap. xxiv.
“You would have thought him [Ganelon] one of Attila's Huns, rather than one of the paladins of Charlemagne's court.” —Croquemitaine, iii.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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