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Re: MR-Disc: What A Knight Requires
Poster: "Thorpe, John" <email@example.comSC.NCR.COM>
Greetings from Eldred!
Our Grand-High-Poobah-of-the-List Pro-Tem, Henry Best sez:
%On Wed, 14 Aug 1996 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
%> "The first and principal thing a knight requires is to support the
%> weight of his armor; the second is to practice arms constantly;
%> the third is to withstand hunger; the fourth is to be able to sleep
%> badly and live uncomfortably; the fifth is to fearlessly risk his
%> life for justice and the common good, thus saving his soul as
%> though he had been pious and chaste all his life; the sixth is not
%> to fear the sight of blood; the seventh is to skillfully defend
%> himself and slay his enemies; and the eighth is to be ashamed of
%> craven flight."
%See. That's why I will never ever be a knight. I can't handle
%requirement #3. I'm doomed before I even start.
But then how do your ankles support you? 8^)
%> * Why isn't horsemanship on this list?
%> * Should anything be added for a KSCA? Like a truck or van?
%I think these two questions are linked. A KSCA needs a van instead of a
%horse. Instead of sufficient land to support a horse and armor, he needs
Nah. A KSCA needs a *squire* with a van or stake-body flatbed truck.
%> * Should anything be deleted for the Current Middle Ages? For instance,
%> does the "saving his soul" part violate General Order Six from the BoD?
Only if it is the central focus of an event....
%I think it's only fair to remove the bit about being chaste. This gets us
%back to the hunger issue. Food and sex are two of the Great Gifts from
%God. It's cruel to ask our knights to avoid them.
At any rate, re-read the passage. "...thus saving his(or her) soul
AS THOUGH he had been pious and chaste all his life." I think that
pretty well allows sex, doesn't it? If indeed such a policy violates
GO6, then we may substitute "reputation" for "soul" thus bypassing
GO6 completely, and retaining at least the flavor of the Current Middle
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