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The Canterbury Tales. 14th century.

57. In the movies, when a man is made a knight, the queen lays a sword on his right then left shoulder and says, ‘I [blank] thee knight.’


"give a name to," originally "make a knight," from late O.E. dubbian "knight by striking with a sword" (11c.), a late word, perhaps borrowed from O.Fr. aduber "equip with arms, adorn" (11c.) of uncertain origin, but there are phonetic difficulties.

58. Who is the chivalrous hero of Miguel Cervantes’ most famous novel?

Don Quixote de la Mancha. 1605 (I) and 1615 (II).

59. According to the 14th century proverb, who do time and tide wait for?

No man. Time and tide wait for no man.

60. Women’s clothing became tighter after crusaders brought home the art of making this type of clothing fastener.


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