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 Burglar [burg-larron].Burial of an Ass. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A Burgundian blow, i.e. decapitation. The Duc de Biron, who was put to death for treason by Henri IV., was told in his youth, by a fortune-teller, “to beware of a Burgundian blow.” When going to execution, he asked who was to be his executioner, and was told he was a man from Burgundy.   1

 Burglar [burg-larron].Burial of an Ass. 


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