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Maiden

A machine resembling the guillotine for beheading criminals in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; brought to Scotland by the Regent Morton from Halifax, in Yorkshire, for the purpose …

Maiden Town

i.e. a town never taken by the enemy. Edinburgh. The tradition is that the maiden daughters of a Pictish king were sent there for protection during an intestine war. Source: Dictionary of…

Maiden of the Mist

Anne of Geierstein, in Sir Walter Scott's novel called Anne of Geierstein. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894MaidenhairMaiden Town A B C D E F G H I J…

Stephen Crane: To the maiden

To the maiden The sea was blue meadow, Alive with little froth-people Singing. To the sailor, wrecked, The sea was dead grey walls Superlative in vacancy, Upon which nevertheless at fateful t…

Iron Maiden of Nuremberg

(The). An instrument of torture for “heretics,” traitors, parricides, etc. It was a box big enough to admit a man, with folding-doors, the whole studded with sharp iron spikes. …

Christina Rossetti: Maiden-Song

Maiden-SongLong ago and long ago, And long ago still, There dwelt three merry maidens Upon a distant hill. One was tall Meggan, And one was dainty May, But one was fair Margaret, More …

Christina Rossetti: Maiden-Song

Maiden-SongLong ago and long ago, And long ago still, There dwelt three merry maidens Upon a distant hill. One was tall Meggan, And one was dainty May, But one was fair Margaret, More …