Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Pal’adin.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
An officer of the Pala’tium or Byzantine palace, a high dignitary.   1
   Paladins. The knights of King Charlemagne. The most noted are Allory de l’Estoc; Astolfo; Basin de Genevois; Fierambras or Ferumbras; Florismart; Ganelon, the traitor; Geoffroy, Seigneur de Bordelois, and Geoffroy de Frises; Guerin, Duc de Lorraine; Guillaume de l’Estoc, brother of Allory; Guy de Bourgogne; Hoël, Comte de Nantes; Lambert, Prince de Bruxelles; Malagi’gi; Nami or Nayme de Bavière; Ogier or Oger the Dane; Olivier, son of Regnier, Comte de Gennes; Orlando (see Roland); Otuël; Richard, Duc de Normandie; Rinaldo; Riol du Mans; Roland, Comte de Cenouta, son of Milon and Dame Berthe, Charlemagne’s sister, Samson, Duc de Bourgogne; and Thiry or Thiery d’Ardaine. Of these, twelve at a time seemed to have formed the coterie of the king. (Latin, palatrvus, one of the palace.)   2
“Who bear the bows were knights in Arthur’s reign,
Twelve they, and twelve the peers of Charlemain.”
Dryden: The Flower and the Leaf.



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