Monday, August 22, 2011

A Knight's Chivalry


(Albanian for 'hi')

vintage illustration of Merlin and King Arthur at the Knight's Round Table

It's good to be back. I do try to post every day,
but some days conspire against me!

Guinevere's Dowry by Rackham

Let's be chivalrous today, shall we?

I want to share with you this fantasy Prince and Princess paper doll set today.

"The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom;
to serve all, but love only one."

- Honore de Balzac

"Some say that the age of chivalry is past,
that the spirit of romance is dead.
The age of chivalry is never past,
so long as there is a wrong
left unredressed on earth."

- Charles Kingsley

I found this wonderful quote from Will Durant on

...The Candidate began with a bath as a symbol of spiritual, perhaps as a guarantee of physical, purification... He was clothed in a white tunic, red robe, and black coat, representing respectively the hope-for purity of his morals, the blood he might shed for honor or God, and the death he must be prepared to meet unflinchingly.
     For a day he fasted; he passed a night at Church in prayer, confessed his sins to a Priest, attended Mass, received Holy Communion, heard a sermon on the moral, religious, social, and military duties of a Knight, and solemnly promised to fulfill them.
     He then advanced to the altar with a sword hanging from his neck; the Priest removed the sword, blessed it, and replaced it upon his neck. The Candidate turned to the seated lord from whom he sought Knighthood, and was met with a stern question: ...For what purpose do you desire to enter the Order? If it be riches, to take your ease, and be held in honor without doing honor to Knighthood, you are unworthy of it...
     The Candidate was prepared with a reassuring reply. Knights or Ladies then clothed him in a Knightly array of hauberk, breastplate, armlets, gauntlets (armored gloves), sword, and spurs. The lord, rising, gave the Accolade - three blows with the flat of the sword upon the neck or shoulder, and sometimes a slap on the cheek, as symbols of the last affronts that he might accept without redress; and dubbed him with the formula, ...In the name of God, St. Michael, and St. George I make thee Knight....
     The new Knight received a lance, a helmet, and a horse; he adjusted his helmet, leaped upon his horse, brandished his lance, flourished his sword, rode out from the Church, distributed gifts to his attendants, and gave a feast for his friends...
—Will Durant

by Wilda Dupree,
all stamps by RubberStampAve

 Today I have included an entire paper doll set,
and that wonderful but long description of a knighting,
so I think I better stop now since, for Michael,

I will not write a book,
I will not write a book,
I will not write a book!

'King Arthur', by Charles Ernest Butler

recycled bottlecap magnet by inkspired

See you tomorrow!


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