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Knights Errant


In France, from 768 to 987, the land was encumbered with fortified castles; in England this was not the case till the reign of Stephen. The lords of these castles used to carry off females and commit rapine, so that a class of men sprang up, at least in the pages of romance, who roamed about in full armour to protect the defenceless and aid the oppressed.

“‘Proxʹima quæque metit gladʹioʹ is the perfect account of a knight errant.”—Dryden: Dedication of the Æneʹis.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Knight of the Order of John-William (A)
Knight of the Post
Knight of the Rueful Countenance
Knight’s Fee
Knight’s Ward (The)
Knights Bachelors
Knights Bannerets
Knights Baronets
Knights Errant
Knights of Carpetry
Knights of Industry
Knights of Labour
Knights of Malta
Knights of St. Crispin
Knights of St. Patrick
Knights of the Bag
Knights of the Bath
Knights of the Blade
Knights of the Chamber