The Miller of Mansfield. Henry II. was one day hunting, and
lost his way. He met a miller, who took him home to his cottage, and
gave him a bed with his son Richard. Next morning the courtiers tracked
the king to the cottage, and the miller discovered the rank of his
guest. The king, in merry mood, knighted his host, who thus became Sir
John Cockle. On St. George's Day, Henry II. invited the miller, his
wife and son to a royal banquet, and after being amused with their
rustic ways, made Sir John “overseer of Sherwood Forest, with a salary
of 300 a year.” (Percy: Reliques.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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