fortunes of war...golden chain

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Fri Jul 7 14:19:22 UTC 2006

As a guess: the golden chain would be worn about the neck as a sign of
honor.  Didn't the Order of the Garter include a figure -- a lamb? --
worn about the neck on a thick golden chain?  Don't know who paid for
the chain, though.  A more satisfactory honor if the king picked up
the tab.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

----- Original Message -----
From: Lynne Murphy <m.l.murphy at SUSSEX.AC.UK>
Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2006 6:17 pm
Subject: fortunes of war...golden chain

> Can anyone tell me what the 'golden chain' is in:
> "The fortunes of war
> I'll tell you plain
> are a wooden leg
> or a golden chain"
> ?
> Ta,
> Lynne
> Dr M Lynne Murphy
> Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language
> Arts B133
> University of Sussex
> Brighton BN1 9QN
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