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Knight
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1. Knighthood in the early modern period

As a social and military phenomenon, knighthood quite clearly belonged to the Middle Ages. As a moral, intellectual, and aesthetic phenomenon, however, it not only extended well into the early modern era but influenced it decisively – at least in the world of the nobility and the court. Although the honnête homme, honnête femme, and the gentleman were no longer knights but rather their succes…

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Wrede, Martin, “Knight”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026754>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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