Chivalry and knight-errantry

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“The chivalry of the gothic nations began in the woods of Germany. No youth was then permitted to assume arms, at that time the geat privilege of the noble and the free, at his own pleasure. It was made a social rank, to which it was necessary that the aspiring candidates should be elected in the public councils of their rude commonwealth; and the emulated distinction was then solemnly conferred by the prince, or a kinsman, giving them a javelin and a shield. In these customs we see the origin of knighthood.” — Goodrich, 1844


S. G. Goodrich Lights and Shadows of European History (Boston: Bradbury, Soden, & Co., 1844) 275


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