E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Christian [ch = k].
The hero of John Bunyans allegory called The Pilgrims Progress. He flees from the City of Destruction, and journeys to the Celestial City. He starts with a heavy burden on his back, but it falls off when he stands at the foot of the cross.
Christian. A follower of Christ. So called first at Antioch (Acts xi. 26).
Most Christian Doctor. John Charlier de Gerson (13631429).
Most Christian King. The style of the King of France. (1469.)
Pepin le Bref was so styled by Pope Stephen III. (714768).
Charles le Chauve was so styled by the council of Savonnières (823, 840877).
Louis XI. was so styled by Pope Paul II. (1423, 14611483).
Since which time (1469) it was universally adopted in the French monarchy.
And thou, O Gaul, with gaudy trophies plumed,
Most Christian king. Alas! in vain assumed.
Camoens: Lusiad, book vii.
Founder of Christian Eloquence. Louis Bordaloue, the French preacher (16321704).