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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Parliament of Bats (The),
 
1426, during the regency in the reign of Henry VI. So called because the members, being forbidden by the Duke of Gloucester to wear swords, armed themselves with clubs or bats.   1
 


 Parliament Soldiers.Parliament of Dunces. 

 
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