Excerpt from Twentieth Century Knighthood: A Series of Addresses to Young Men Chivalry during its golden days made the world a much pleasanter place in which to live. It did away with low suspicions and jealousies and filled the land with an atmos phere of noble hospitality and courtesy. The historian tells us that in England in those days charity Of manners reigned in all; noble dames and gentle knights placed on the top Of their castles a helmet, as a sign that all good knights and worthy ladies traveling that way should enter as freely into the castle as if it were their own. The greatest lords accepted without any scruple this sort of liberality; not consideringwit so mulch a personal gift as that it associated them in the enterprises and glory of knighthood. But the courtesy they learned in these castles was above all riches; no spirit of discord or peevishness was ever allowed in these knights toward one another; and their manners displayed every kind Of friendship and good will. Thus was chivalry in those dark ages a source of continual benefits; and its peculiar glories shone forth in the noble actions Of valor, of friendship, Of gratitude. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.