E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The Anglo-Saxon cyng, cyning, from cyn a nation or people, and the terminationing, meaning of, as son of, chief of, etc. In Anglo-Saxon times the king was elected on the Witena-gemòt, and was therefore the choice of the nation.
The factory king. Richard Oastler, of Bradford, the successful advocate of the Ten Hours Bill (17891861).
Ré Galantuomo (the gallant king), Victor Emmanuel of Italy (18201878)