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Worthies of the World, The Nine


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Were ‘three Paynims, three Jews, and three Christian men’, viz. Hector of Troy, Alexander the Great, and Julius Caesar; Joshua, David, and Judas Maccabaeus; Arthur, Charlemagne, and Godefroi de Bouillon. (Caxton, preface to Le Morte D'Arthur). The list of worthies in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, v. ii. is not quite the same, for it includes Pompey and Hercules.

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