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Maurice Keen and chivalry


"Maurice Keen, who has died aged 78, was a remarkable historian of the late Middle Ages best known for his book Chivalry, published in 1984.

"Chivalry concludes with some intriguing observations about the differences between the code of the knight and that of the officer and gentleman: the conception of the estate of knighthood, with a general commission to uphold justice and defend the weak, was pared down to the conception of the officer whose business it is to fight the King’s enemies."

Keen had many fine books to his name, was a fine tutor and charming man, and liked to fly fish on the Itchen, not far from where I write.

Ave atque Vale.

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