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Knighttime robbery

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annis
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Knighttime robbery

Post by annis » Tue July 31st, 2012, 5:03 am

The age of the routier and écorcheur returns as a company of freebooters in knightly costume rob the organisers of a French medieval fair at sword point and escape with the takings.

Telegraph article here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... tival.html

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Post by LoveHistory » Thu August 2nd, 2012, 3:19 am

Interesting. I don't remember robbing being part of the knight's code of chivalry.

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Post by annis » Thu August 2nd, 2012, 3:56 am

A shot at some decent plunder was always high on the list of incentives for knights heading off to war :) The knight's code of chivalry was a rather romantic convention that often had little to do with reality - for example it didn't apply to anyone who wasn't of noble birth, so you could massacre peasants or footsoldiers without too much compunction.
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Post by Madeleine » Thu August 2nd, 2012, 8:53 am

Talking of knights, there's a new series (about how the image of the male has evolved) starting on BBC Radio 4 next week - Monday morning 9.00 for those who can listen to it live - and knights are featured in the first programme, with William Marshal featuring. Next week's RT also has an article on the series which mentions the Marshal quite a bit.
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