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THE RELIQUES OF ANCIENT CHIVALRY IN FOLKLORE AND COMMON SAYINGS

IN this work a philosophic view of the pleasing subject of chivalry in its varied aspects - military, social, and religious - has been attempted. Though some people take a very low estimate of its value, and others a very high one, according to their several temperaments, and opinions upon its merits are so opposite and conflicting, even by writers of authority; yet in face of all this the author trusts he has succeeded in making out a favourable case and in arriving at a true conception of its full meaning and significance. The maxims and doctrines of chivalry must have had a powerful and educational influence for good, at least on the highest society of the Middle Ages.