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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Robert of Brunne,
that is, of Bourne, in Lincolnshire. His name was Robert Manning, author of an old English Chronicle, written in the reign of Edward III. It consists of two parts, the first of which is in octosyllabic rhymes, and is a translation of Wace’s Brut; the second part is in Alexandrine verse, and is a translation of the French chronicle of Piers de Langtoft, of Yorkshire.   1
“Of Brunne I am, if any me blame,
Robert Mannying is my name …
In the thrid Edwardes tyme was I
When I wrote alle this story.”
Preface to Chronicle.

 Robert the Devil.Robert’s Men. 


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