(Chevalier), Pierre du Terrail, a celebrated French knight
(1476-1524). Le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche.
The British Bayard.
Sir Philip Sidney. (1554-1584.) The Polish Bayard. Prince
Joseph Poniatowski. (1763-1814.)
Bayard of the East
(The) or Of the Indian Army. Sir James Outram
A horse of incredible swiftness, belonging to the four sons of
Aymon. If only one of the sons mounted, the horse was of the ordinary
size; but if all four mounted, his body became elongated to the
requisite length. The name is used for any valuable or wonderful horse,
and means a “high-bay” (bay-ard). (Villeneuve: Les Quatre-Filz Aymon.) (See Horse.)
Keep Bayard in the stable, i.e.
keep what is of value under lock and key. (See above. Bold as
Blind Bayard. Foolhardy. If a blind horse leaps, the chance is he
will fall into a ditch. Grose mentions the following expression, To
ride bayard of ten toes- “Going by the marrow-bone stage” —i.e. walking.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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