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    Re: Origins of Knighthood: The Knights Protector of Aerdy (Score: 1)
    by CruelSummerLord on Tue, March 08, 2005
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    The privileges of knighthood I think would be the wealth and prestige most young men would enjoy. They would be able to sit at the table with the Overking, claim room and board from any noble as needed, avoid paying income taxes to nobles, and enjoying many social privileges equal to those of the nobles. These were privileges, not rights, and could be revoked if a knight abused his privileges or broke his trust. They were rewards for faithful and dedicated service, not an excuse for the knights to act like thugs.

    If the Knights Protector are no longer considered an order, I would interpret it as meaning that they've become a living joke, although a pretty sick, sad one. Appointments to the Knights have become matters of patronage, often choosing corrupt and petty noblemen over worthy young champions who just happen to be peasants. Much like Medegia, the order has to do with patronage. Those who are appointed to it usually abuse their privileges and use it to sponge off other citizens, abuse nobles without losing their heads, and be spared paying certain taxes.

    As the major provinces of the Great Kingdom fell into moral decay, so too did their branches of the knighthood. Since Bone March and Ratik did not fall as far as the rest of the Great Kingdom, their orders of knighthood still had many of the same standards, practices and privileges as the knights of old.

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