The word Chivalry is derived from the French cheval, a horse.
The earliest form in which romances appear is that of a rude kind of verse.
The preparatory education of candidates for knighthood was long and arduous.
It was not till toward the end of the thirteenth century that the prose romances began to appear.
Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated.
For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness.
The word knight, which originally meant boy or servant, was particularly applied to a young man after he was admitted to the privilege of bearing arms.
The Romans held Britain from the invasion of Julius Caesar till their voluntary withdrawal from the island, A.D. 420,- that is, about five hundred years.
ON the decline of the Roman power, about five centuries after Christ, the countries of Northern Europe were left almost destitute of a national government.
It has, therefore, been a favorite boast of the people of Wales and Cornwall, that the original British stock flourishes in its unmixed purity only among them.