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White Company

(The). “Le Blanche Compagnie. ” A band of French cutthroats organised by Bertrand du Guesclin and led against Pedro the Cruel.

“Se faisoient appeller `La Blanche Compagnie.' parce quils portoient tous une croix blanche sur I'epaule, comme voulant temoigner qu'ils n'avoient pris les armes que pour abolir le Judaisme en Espagne, et combattre le Prince qui le protegesit.” —Memoires Historiques.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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