Parliament of Bats
(The), 1426, during the regency in the reign of Henry
VI. So called because the members, being forbidden by the Duke of
Gloucester to wear swords, armed themselves with clubs or bats.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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