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Chivalry in Medieval England

Chivalry in Medieval England by Nigel Saul

An overview. Everything from the knights' fees (and the tendency even of early Norman kings to charge you for not showing up, and use the money to hire professionals), to the decline of number even as the status went up, attempts to force men to become knights, the luster kings lent it, the evolution of coats-of-arm -- chivalric tales and how they matched or didn't -- or influenced -- real life. The first rise of status toward nobility, and the later sinking as they were fit for the House of Commons.
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