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Cheveliers avec reproches!

Poster: jsrechts@imap.unc.edu

Pedro covered most of the bases on the bad deeds knights could do to
lose the esteem of their peers. 

Some additions: Marrying below one's status was considered bad news,
especially in Germany.  There are some examples of
public (and often corporal)  punishment of unworthy knights at certain
tournaments.  One knight was beaten for marrying beneath his station.

Selfishness and general penny-pinching was a bad quality too.  One
problem that the knightly class had was the social burden of maintaining
their station in terms of
clothing, hospitality and the like.  Generally speaking, if you had a
title, you were required to act the part.   Like some of the wealthy
today, they encumbered heavy debts to support their noble lifestyle.
Some clerics railed against the increasingly oppulent lifestyle of the
chivalric class during the 14th and 15th centuries.

Some writers, notably Cretien de Troyes, noted that selfishness ranked
number one of the sins.

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