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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Parliament of Dunces.
 
Convened by Henry IV. at Coventry, in 1404, and so called because all lawyers were excluded from it.   1
 


 Parliament of Bats (The),Parliamenta’rian (A). 

 
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