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    ride at tilt or tourney

    Dear all,

    What's the meaning of the underlined?
    Thanks in advance.

    Britomart did not mean what she said of Artegall; she only spoke like this to conceal her real feelings. As soon as the words were uttered she repented, and would have recalled them, but her companion answered almost before she had finished speaking. He said she was very wrong to upbraid so scornfully a gentle Knight, for of all who ever rode at tilt or tourney, the noble Artegall was the most renowned. It would be very strange, therefore, if any shameful thought ever entered his mind, or if he did any deed deserving of blame, for noble courage does nothing unworthy of itself.

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    Re: ride at tilt or tourney

    Wasn't that: tilting lances at windmills. Don Xiote.

    In days of old, when knights were bold and dragons still breathed fire, there lived a knight, a jolly knight, Sir Laughalot Esq.

    A lance is an old weapon, a long stick, normally carried upright. Tilted = horizontal, it was 'loaded', ready for battle, you were about to engage a foe.

    Tourney: to go around, from, in this case, competition to competition, in Northern France or England, tilting your lance against other knights. Whoever won got the lady!

    for noble courage does nothing unworthy of itself. Difficult!

    because a knight of such noble courage would not do anything disdainful or immoral.

    Dream on! Read another book!

    明白?

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