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Hildebrand

(Meister). The Nestor of German romance. Like Maugis among the heroes of Charlemagne, he was a magician as well as champion.

Hildebrand.
Pope Gregory VII. (1013, 1073-1085).

A Hildebrand.
One resembling Pope Gregory VII., noted for subjugating the power of the German emperors; and specially detested by the early reformers for his ultra-pontifical views.

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