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That so many male members of the non-noble elite found it socially and politically indispensable to be thought capable of "giving satisfaction" strengthens McAleer's argument; satisfaktionsfahig was not simply a warrant of social entitlement, but an acknowledgement that its bearer possessed a quality of masculinity made up of the courage of knights, the loyalty of liegemen, and the temerity of husbands sufficiently gallant to enter the lists in protection of their womenfolk.