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Posted By: GUEST,Robert Bannister
03-Sep-19 - 05:05 AM
Thread Name: Origin: High Germany
Subject: RE: Origin: High Germany
We English pinched the tune of Marbrouk for "He a jolly good fellow". The Polly love version was definitely about the Wars of Spanish Succession. Marlborough got his dukedom for his victory at Blenheim. Two thirds of his troops, about 40,000, were British, the rest mainly German. The idea that France could inherit all of Spain's vast empire was anathema to most European powers who then formed a coalition. Marlborough was supreme commander.