Chivalry and rough


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What is meant by rough magnificence? Is chivalry used as knighthood here or as group of knights? I'm guessing it's the former since he says the promp of HER heroic games?

In rough magnificence array'd,
When ancient Chivalry display'd
The pomp of her heroic games,
And crested chiefs and tissued dames
Assembled, at the clarion's call,
In some proud castle's high arch'd hall.
Thomas Warton

  • lucas-sp

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    English - Californian
    chivalry /ˈʃɪv(ə)lri/
    • 1 the medieval knightly system with its religious, moral, and social code.■ the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, especially courage, honour, courtesy, justice, and a readiness to help the weak.
    • 2 not gentle;

    • 3 not finished tidily; plain and basic.■ unsophisticated or unrefined.


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    The concept of chivalry is being anthropomorphized here, Bet2173, almost as though it were a goddess or a muse. That's why it's being referred to as "she."

    Edit: Oh, and that's also why it's capitalized.


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    English - U.S.
    The knights were magnificent to look at, in their gleaming armor and shields with emblems, but they were not soft, refined, gentle men. They were, after all, soldiers. True, they were soldiers of noble birth, but still soldiers, and they came to the games to fight.
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