Robbing Peter to pay Paul
On December 17th, 1550, the abbey church of St. Peter,
Westminster, was advanced to the dignity of a cathedral by letters
patent; but ten years later it was joined to the diocese of
London again, and many of its estates appropriated to the repairs of
St. Paul's Cathedral. (Winkle: Cathedrals.)
“Tanquam siquis crucifigeret Paulum ut redimeret Petrum.” (Twelfth
“It was not desirable to rob St. Peter's altar in order to build one
to St. Paul.” —Viglius: Com. Dec. Denarii, i. 9 (1569).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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