(Admiral). One of Charlemagne's paladins, taken captive at the
battle of Roncesvalles. He fell to the lot of Marlotes, a Moslem, who
offered him his daughter in marriage if he would become a disciple of
Mahomet. Guarinos refused, and was cast into a dungeon, where he lay
captive for seven years. A joust was then held, and Admiral Guarinos
was allowed to try his hand at a target. He knelt before the Moor,
stabbed him to the heart, and then vaulted on his grey horse Trebozond,
and escaped to France.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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