E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
the beloved daughter of a noble lord, accompanied her father and mother on a chase one day, when her step-mother requested her to return and tell the master-cook to prepare the milk-white doe for dinner. Lady Isabella did as she was told, and the master-cook replied, Thou art the doe that I must dress. The scullion-boy exclaimed, O save the ladys life, and make thy pies of me; but the master-cook heeded him not. When the lord returned he called for his daughter, the fair Isabelle, and the scullion-boy said, If now you will your daughter see, my lord, cut up that pie. When the fond father comprehended the awful tragedy, he adjudged the cruel step-dame to be burnt alive, and the master-cook in boiling lead to stand; but the scullion-boy he made his heir. (Percy: Reliques, etc., series iii., bk. 2.)