Three Bishoprics

(The). So the French call the three cities of Lorraine, Metz, and Verdun, each of which was at one time under the lordship of a bishop. They were united to the kingdom of France by Henri II. in 1552. Since the Franco-German war they have been attached to Germany.

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