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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
King’s [or Queen’s] Bench.
This was originally the Aula Regia, which followed the king in all his travels, and in which he occupied the lit de justice. In the absence of the sovereign the judges were supreme. Of course there is no lit de justice or bench for the sovereign in any of our law courts now.   1

 King Over the Water (The).King’s Cave. 


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