The dancing chancellor. Sir Christopher Hatton was brought up
to the law, but became a courtier, and attracted the attention of Queen
Elizabeth by his very graceful dancing at a masque. The queen took him
into favour, and soon made him both chancellor and knight of the
garter. (He died in 1591.)
His bushy beard, and shoestrings green,
His high-crowned hat and satin doublet,
Moved the stout heart of England's queen,
Though Pope and Spaniard could not trouble it.
(London). The residence of Sir Christopher Hatton, the dancing
chancellor. (See above.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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