The paladins of Charlemagne were all scattered by the battle of
Roncesvallës. The champions of Diderick were all assassinated at the
instigation of Chriemhilda, the bride of Ezzel, King of the Huns.
The Knights of the Round Table were all extirpated by the fatal
battle of Camlan.
The six following clauses may be considered almost as axioms of the
(1) There was no braver or more noble king than
(2) No fairer or more faithless wife than Guiniver.
(3) No truer pair of lovers than Tristan and Iseult (or Tristram and
(4) No knight more faithful than Sir Kaye.
(5) None so brave and amorous as Sir Launcelot.
(6) None so virtuous as Sir Galahad.
The flower of Chivalry.
William Douglas, Lord of Liddesdale. (Fourteenth century.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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