The knight is generous and detached

May 12, 2016

By Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

The Duke of Enghien saving his father, the Grand Condé at the battle of Seneffe: painting from 1786 by Bénigne Gagneraux

The Duke of Enghien saving his father, the Grand Condé at the battle of Seneffe: painting from 1786 by Bénigne Gagneraux

So the true knight takes his generosity to such a point that if he goes into battle and has a brother-in-arms who is fighting magnificently but whose sword all of a sudden drops from his hand, his reaction is not, “Great, I won’t have this one as a rival!” but the opposite: “Oh what a shame! My king will be deprived of this warrior!” – And having two swords, he hands him one.

This is a grand, generous spirit that characterizes the knight. Strong, courageous, generous and detached!

 

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(Excerpt from a Chá, Sunday, Sept. 17, 1989 – Nobility.org translation)

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 524

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