Rope-dancer

(The). Yvo de Grentmesnil, the crusader, one of the leaders of Robert, Duke of Normandy's party against Henry I. of England.

“`Ivo was one of those who escaped from Antioch when it was besieged. He was let down by a rope over the wall, and hence called `The Rope-dancer.”' —Gentleman's Magazine.

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