Queen of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, called the “Northern
Semiramis” (1353, 1387-1412). Margaret. A simple, uncultured
girl of wonderful witchery, seduced, at the age of fifteen, by Faust.
She drowns in a pool the infant of her shame, was sent to prison, where
she lost her reason, and was ultimately condemned to death. Faust (whom
she calls Henry) visits her in prison, and urges her to make her escape
with him; but she refuses, dies, and is taken to heaven; but
Mephistopheles carried off Faust to the Inferno.
“The Flower of Teviot,” daughter of the Duchess Margaret and Lord
Walter Scott, of Branksome Hall. She was beloved by Baron Henry of
Cranstown, whose family had a deadly feud with that of Scott. One day
the elfin page of Lord Cranstown inveigled the heir of Branksome Hall,
then a lad, into the woods, where he fell into the hands of the
Southerners; whereupon 3,000 of the English marched against the castle
of the widowed duchess; but, being told by a spy that Douglas with
10,000 men was coming to the rescue, they agreed to decide by single
combat whether the boy was to become King Edward's page, or be
delivered up to his mother. The champions to decide this question were
to be Sir Richard Musgrave on the side of the English, and Sir William
Deloraine on the side of the Scotch. In the combat the English champion
was slain, and the boy was delivered to the widow; but it then appeared
that the antagonist was not William of Deloraine, but Lord Cranstown,
who claimed and received the hand of fair Margaret as his reward. (Scott: Lay of the Last Minstrel.
Lady Margaret's preacher.
A preacher who has to preach a Concio ad clerum before the
University, on the day preceding Easter Term. This preachership was
founded in 1503 by Lady Margaret, mother of Henry VII.
Lady Margaret professor.
A professor of divinity in the University of Cambridge. This
professorship was founded in 1502 by Lady Margaret, mother of Henry
VII. These lectures are given for the “voluntary theological
examination,” and treat upon the Fathers, the Liturgy, and the priestly duties. (See Norrisian.)
(St.). The chosen type of female innocence and meekness.
In Christian art she is represented as a young woman of great beauty,
bearing the martyr's palm and crown, or with the dragon as an
attribute. Sometimes she is delineated as coming from the dragon's
mouth, for the legend says that the monster swallowed her, but on
making the sign of the cross he suffered her to quit his maw.
St. Margaret and the dragon. Olybius, Governor of Antioch, captivated
by the beauty of St. Margaret, wanted to marry her, and, as she
rejected him with scorn, threw her into a dungeon, where the devil came
to her in the form of a dragon. Margaret held up the cross, and the
is the patron saint of the ancient borough of Lynn Regis, and on
the corporation seal she is represented as standing on a dragon and
wounding it with the cross. The inscription of the seal is “SVB
MARGARETA TERITUR DBACO STAT CRUCE L&AE;TA.”
or Marguerite (petite). The daisy; so called from its
pearly whiteness, màrguerite being the French for a pearl. (See Marguerite.)
“The daise, a flour white and redde, In French called `la belle
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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