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Knight of the Cloak

(The). Sir Walter Raleigh. So called from his throwing his cloak into a puddle for Queen Elizabeth to step on as she was about to enter her barge. (See Kenilworth, chap. xv.)

“Your lordship meaneth that Raleigh, the Devonshire youth,' said Varney, `the Knight of the Cloak, as they call him at Court.” —Ditto, chap. xvi.

Elizabeth, in the same novel, addresses him as Sir Squire of the Soiled Cassock.

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