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Thorkel sate in the middle of the cross-bench, and his men away from him on all sides.
He had been described as a type of "the cross-bench mind," and also as a Palmerstonian Liberal with a turn for individualism.The Annual Register 1914|Anonymous
Hallgerda sat upon the cross-bench on the dais, and behaved well.
Now men come to the feast, and Hallgerda sat upon the cross-bench, and she was a very merry bride.
On the next night Gyda sat on the cross-bench with her women.Viking Tales|Jennie Hall