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CHIVALRY, ancient Eng. law. This word is derived from the French chevelier, a horseman. It is. the name of a tenure of land by knight's service. Chivalry was of two kinds: the first; which was regal, or held only of the king; or common, which was held of a common person. Co. Litt. h.t.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A delighted Murray received his knighthood from the Prince of Wales yesterday.
Calls for Green, 66, to lose his knighthood have grown after it emerged he had been accused of sexual and racist behaviour by former staff.
There is no reason for Sir Philip Green to keep his knighthood, and every reason for Gordon Banks to be posthumously honoured.
The knighthood is also removed from any recipient that has been convicted of an offense, removed from professional bodies, or accused of criminal behavior.
The ambassadors received the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Pius IX, the second of five orders of knighthood given by King Pius.
The specialist in marine insurance has had a business association with Knighthood since 1994.
ECHO readers took to social media to have their say on Ringo, whose real name is Richard Starkey, bagging a knighthood.
Lesser known recipients include 101-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Mordaunt Cohen honoured for his services to World War II education and Lucia Mee, 18, the youngest person rewarded, for her efforts to raise organ donation awareness.Starr, 77 whose real name is Richard Starkey became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1965, but has now been given a knighthood for services to music.
The concert, in front of 21,000 fans, came just hours after the announcement that he had been awarded a knighthood by the Queen in her birthday honours.
The origins of knighthood are not very clear and is said to date back to ancient Rome.
Vince Showers If anything Sharon deserves a damehood more than he deserves a knighthood Declan Byrne You have to wonder how 99% of knighthoods are given out.