is an historical character overlaid with legends. It is said that he “raised mists and vapours which befriended Edward IV. at the battle of Barnet.”
“[Friar Bungay is] the personification of the charlatan of science in the 15th century.” —Lord Lytton [Bulwer Lytton]:The Last of the Barons.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894