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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The paladins of Charlemagne were all scattered by the battle of Roncesvallës.   1
   The champions of Did’erick were all assassinated at the instigation of Chriemhil’da, the bride of Ezzel, King of the Huns.   2
   The Knights of the Round Table were all extirpated by the fatal battle of Camlan.   3
   Chivalry. The six following clauses may be considered almost as axioms of the Arthu’rian romances:—   4
(1) There was no braver or more noble king than Arthur.
(2) No fairer or more faithless wife than Guin’iver.
(3) No truer pair of lovers than Tristan and Iseult (or Tristram and Ysolde).
(4) No knight, more faithful than Sir Kaye.
(5) None so brave and amorous as Sir Laun’celot.
(6) None so virtuous as Sir Gal’ahad.
   The flower of Chivalry. William Douglas, Lord of Liddesdale. (Fourteenth century.)   5



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