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EFFECTS OF CHIVALRY

The spirit of humanity which distinguishes modern times in the periods of war as well as of peace; in theatres and in public assemblies and amusements; and which, by teaching the importance of others, and discriminate the modern from the ancient world. In itself chivalry was often unreasonable, often absurd, because it included in its ranks low level intellects high; but the high, knowing the reason which was hidden under seeming absurdity, and lest the enthusiasts themselves should fall back into brutality.' The idea of chivalry seems to include a certain recklessness of consequences, which may often be quite becoming in a subordinate captain, while it can never be the duty of a man who has to answer for the welfare of kingdoms or of armies. 'Faith and insight, the power of perceiving those verities which constitute religion, are often denied to great men; they are never denied to a pure and perfect woman.