Joh. Mayor, in the first book of his History of Scotland, contends much for the wholesomeness of oaten bread; it was objected to him, then living at Paris, that his countrymen fed on oats and base grain . And yet Wecker out of Galen calls it horse-meat, and fitter juments than men to feed on.3
Anatomy of Melancholy. Part i. Sect. 2, Memb. 2, Subsect. 1.
Note 2. Castles in the air,Montaigne, Sir Philip Sidney, Massinger, Sir Thomas Browne, Giles Fletcher, George Herbert, Dean Swift, Broome, Fielding, Cibber, Churchill, Shenstone, and Lloyd. [back]
Note 3. Oats,a grain which is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.Samuel Johnson: Dictionary of the English Language. [back]
Note 4. Carpet knights are men who are by the princes grace and favour made knights at home . They are called carpet knights because they receive their honours in the court and upon carpets.Markham: Booke of Honour (1625).
Carpet knights,Du Bartas (ed. 1621), p. 311. [back]