Boast of England

(The). Tom Thumb or Tom-a-lin. Richard Johnson, in 1599, published a “history of this ever-renowned soldier, the Red Rose Knight, surnamed The Boast of England, showing his honorable victories in foreign countries, with his strange fortunes in Faëry Land, and how he married the fair Angliterra, daughter of Prester John. ...”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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