The giant slain by Averardo de Medici, a commander under
Charlemagne. The tale is interesting, for it is said that the Medici
took the three balls of this giant's mace for their device. Everyone
knows that pawnbrokers have adopted the three balls as a symbol of
their trade. (See under Balls for another account.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
More on Mugello from Infoplease:
- Mugello - Mugello The giant slain by Averardo de Medici, a commander under Charlemagne. The tale is ...
- Totila - Totila Totila or Baduila, d. 552, last king of the Ostrogoths (541–52). By defeating the ...
- Balls - Balls The three golden balls. The emblem of St. Nicholas, who is said to have given three purses of ...
- Pawnbroker - Pawnbroker The three golden balls. The Lombards were the first money-lenders in England, and those ...
- Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: M - Definitions, origins, and illustrative excerpts for words, phases, and literary allusions starting with "M"