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 Christendom [Kris’-en-dum]Christian Traditions, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Christian [ch = k].
 
The hero of John Bunyan’s allegory called The Pilgrim’s Progress. He flees from the “City of Destruction,” and journeys to the “Celestial City.” He starts with a heavy burden on his back, but it falls off when he stands at the foot of the cross.   1
   Christian. A follower of Christ. So called first at Antioch (Acts xi. 26).   2
   Most Christian Doctor. John Charlier de Gerson (1363–1429).   3
   Most Christian King. The style of the King of France. (1469.)   4
   Pepin le Bref was so styled by Pope Stephen III. (714–768).   5
   Charles le Chauve was so styled by the council of Savonnières (823, 840–877).   6
   Louis XI. was so styled by Pope Paul II. (1423, 1461–1483).   7
   Since which time (1469) it was universally adopted in the French monarchy.   8
       
“And thou, O Gaul, with gaudy trophies plumed,
‘Most Christian king.’ Alas! in vain assumed.”
       
Camoens: Lusiad, book vii.
   Founder of Christian Eloquence. Louis Bordaloue, the French preacher (1632–1704).   9
 


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