the cat, the rat, and Lovell the dog, rule all England under the hog

The allusion is explained in quot. 1586.

1516 R. FABYAN New Chronicles of England & France VIII. 219v The Catte the Ratte And Louell our dogge Rulyth all Englande under a hogge. The whiche was ment that Catisby Ratclyffe And the Lord Louell Ruled the lande under the kynge.

1586 R. HOLINSHED Chronicles III. 746 [Richard III executed] a poore gentleman called Collingborne [in 1484], for making a small rime of three of his..councellors,..lord Louell, sir Richard Ratcliffe..and sir William Catesbie... The Cat, the Rat, and Louell our dog, Rule all England vnder an hog. Meaning by the hog, the..wild boare, which was the Kings cognisance [coat of arms].

1816 SCOTT Antiquary ii. ‘His name..was Lovel.’ ‘What! the cat, the rat, and Lovel our dog? Was he descended from King Richard’s favourite\?’

1973 A. CHRISTIE Postern of Fate I. ii. The cat, the rat and Lovell, the dog, Rule all England under the hog... The hog was Richard the Third.


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