I Drub Thee, Sir Knight

The original knighting ceremony had nothing to do with “chivalry,” as we were taught to understand that term in the Arthurian romances. It was simply adoption into a brotherhood of warriors, symbolised by the “dubbing”; which was more of a hazing than a gentle tap. (Elizabeth Moon gets the buffet right in her Gerd cycle, as does S.M. Stirling in the Emberverse.) We might even compare the status of knight with that of the gangland “made man,” who qualifies by killing someone for the boss.

Posted on September 28, 2009 at 12:42 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink

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