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The word Chivalry is derived from the French cheval, a horse.

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The earliest form in which romances appear is that of a rude kind of verse.

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The preparatory education of candidates for knighthood was long and arduous.

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It was not till toward the end of the thirteenth century that the prose romances began to appear.

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Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated.

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For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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