The cook in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. “He cowde roste,
sethe, broille, and frie. Make mortreux, and wel bake a pye;” but Herry
Bailif, the host, said to him-
Now telle on, Roger, and loke it be good;
For many a Jakk of Dover hastew sold.
That hath be twyës hoot and twyës cold.
(See Bontemps.) The Jolly Roger. The black flag, the
favourite ensign of pirates.
“Set all sail, clear the deck, stand to quarters, up with the Jolly
Roger!” —Sir Walter Scott: The Pirate, chap. xxxi.
Roger of Bruges.
Roger van der Weyde, painter. (1455-1529.) Roger de Coverley. A dance invented by the great-grandfather of Roger de Coverley, or
Roger of Cowley, near Oxford. Named after the squire described in
Roger of Hoveden
or Howden, in Yorkshire, continued Bede's History from 732
to 1202. The reigns of Henry II. and Richard I. are very fully given.
The most matter-of-fact of all our old chroniclers; he indulges in no
epithets or reflections.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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