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[ohld-kas-uh l, -kah-suh l]
  1. Sir John (Lord Cobham),1377–1417, English martyr: leader of a Lollard conspiracy; executed for treason and heresy; model for Shakespeare's Falstaff.
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Historical Examples

  • This Oldcastle had once been convicted of heresy, but had been saved by his friend the duke.

    Tolstoy on Shakespeare

    Leo Tolstoy

  • In the end Oldcastle was burnt for an obstinate heretic (Dec. 1417).

  • In one Oldcastle had been condemned to death; in both, money was granted.

  • In Oldcastle an organist is an organist, recognized as such in the streets.

  • He walked in the dark nearly to Oldcastle, and returned about six o'clock.

British Dictionary definitions for oldcastle


  1. Sir John, Baron Cobham. ?1378–1417, Lollard leader. In 1411 he led an English army in France but in 1413 he was condemned as a heretic and later hanged and burnt. He is thought to have been a model for Shakespeare's character Falstaff in Henry IV
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