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 Dame du Lac.Damn with Faint Praise. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Damiens’ Bed of Steel.
R. F. Damiens, in 1757, attempted the life of Louis XV. He was taken to the Conciergerie; an iron bed, which likewise served as a chair, was prepared for him, and to this he was fastened with chains. He was then tortured, and ultimately torn to pieces by wild horses. (Smollet: History of England, v. 12, p. 39.)
“The uplifted axe, the agonising wheel,
Luke’s iron crown, and Damiens’ bed of steel.”
Goldsmith: The Traxeller (1768).

 Dame du Lac.Damn with Faint Praise. 


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