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67,336.  Meet the Knights of Malta and their new home the island of Malta.  By 1565 these guys have made so much trouble for the Turks, they decide enough is enough and send in a humungous military force to wipe them out.  And fail.  (Civilisation & Malta & Knights)  James Burke, Connections III 1997 s3e4 An Invisible Object



18,871.  Where is my knight in white satin armor?  (Gangs US: New Jersey & Mafia & Mafia: US & Knight)  The Sopranos: The Knight in White Satin Armor s2e12 starring James Gandolfini & Lorriane Bracco & Edie Falco & Michael Imperioli & Dominic Chianese & Steven van Zandt & Tony Sirico & Robert Iler et al, Tony’s mistress



30,540.  The central duty of the knight was to go to war ... War was ennobling.  (England & Knights)  Dr Robert Bartlett, Inside the Medieval Mind IV: Power



63,924.  And never since was there seen a more doleful a battle in all Christian land.  For there was but rushing and riding, foyning and striking and many a grim word was there spoken of either to other, and many a deadly stroke.  And thus they fought all the long day and never stinted till the noble knights were laid to the cold earth, and ever they fought still till it was near night, and by then there were a hundred thousand lay dead upon the earth.  (Arthur & Knights & Battle)  Thomas Malory, Le Morte D’Arthur 


63,925.  Me repenteth, said Merlin; because of the death of that lady thou shalt strike a stroke most dolorous that ever man struck, except the stroke of our Lord, for thou shalt hurt the truest knight and the man of most worship that now liveth, and through that stroke three kingdoms shall be in great poverty, misery and wretchedness twelve years, and the knight shall not be whole of that wound for many years.  (Arthur & Knights)  ibid.



63,928.  The knight was lost in thought, a man with no strength of defence against the love which torments him.  His thoughts of love were so deep he almost forgot who he was.  (Arthur & Knights)  Cretien de Troyes, The Knight of the Cart


63,929.  Lancelot had his every wish.  Her love play seemed so gentle.  Both her kisses and caresses.  But I shall let it remain a secret for ever: the most delightful and choicest pleasure is that which is hinted but never told.  (Arthur & Knights)  ibid.



63,932.  Arthur, legendary King of the Britons: from his castle at Camelot Arthur and his knights in shining armour become the ultimate symbol of chivalry and honour, bringing enlightenment to the dark ages.  Archaeologists and historians now believe his myth holds clues to Arthur’s true identity.  (Arthur & Knights & Dark Ages)  Mystery Files: King Arthur


63,934.  In Malory’s books Arthur is the embodiment of a virtuous hero.  He strives to create a peaceful land from his civilised court at Camelot.  And he surrounds himself with chivalrous knights of the round table.  (Arthur & Knights)  ibid.


63,935.  Arthur is betrayed.  Lancelot has an affair with his unfaithful Queen Gwinevere.  Disloyalty all the more devastating because of their perceived purity.  His utopian dream shattered.  (Arthur & Knights)  ibid.



63,968.  Knights!  The gift of freedom is yours by right.  But the home we seek resides not in some distant land.  It's in us!  And in our actions on this day!  If this be our destiny, then so be it.  But let history remember that as free men, we chose to make it so.  (Arthur & Knights)  First Knight 1995 starring Richard Gere & Julia Ormond & Sean Connery & Ben Cross & John Gielgud & Liam Cunningham & Christopher Villiers & Valentine Pelka & Colin McCormack et al, director Jerry Zucker



73,661.  You make me feel like one of those old knights.  (Freedom & Knights)  The History of Mr Polly by H G Wells 1949 starring John Mills & Betty Ann Davies & Megs Jenkins & Finlay Currie & Gladys Henson & Diana Churchill & Shelagh Fraser & Edward Chapman & Dandy Nichols & Sally Ann Howers & Juliet Mills et al, director Anthony Pelissier, him to her on garden wall



78,283.  And so I am become a knight of the Kingdom of Dreams and Shadows.  (Kingdom & Knights)  Mark Twain



78,315.  We have ridden the length and breadth of the land in search of knights who will join me in my court at Camelot.  Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1974 starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese & Eric Idle & Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones & Michael Palin & Neil Innes & Carol Cleveland & Connie Boothe & John Young et al, directors Gilliam & Jones, opening scene Arthur


72,955.  None shall pass.  Then you shall die.  I move for no man.  [loses arm]  Tis but a scratch.  No it isn’t.  I’ve had worse.  Come on, you pansy. [loses other arm]  Come on then.  Have at you.  Oh had enough eh.  Yes I have.  It’s just a flesh wound.  Chicken!  Chicken!  [loses leg]  Right I’ll do you for that!  Come here.  I’m invincible!  The black knight always triumphs!  Have at you!  Come on then.  [loses other leg]  All right, we’ll call it a draw.  Oh oh I see.  Running away eh.  You yellow bastards, come back here and take what’s coming to you.  I’ll bite your legs off.  (Fight & Knights)  ibid.  Black Knight


78,316.  Knights of Camelot: [singing] We’re knights of the Round Table; we dance whene’er we're able.  

We do routines and chorus scenes with footwork impec-cable;

We dine well here in Camelot; we eat ham and jam and Spam a lot.

We’re knights of the Round Table; our shows are for-mi-dable.  

But many times we’re given rhymes that are quite un-sing-able.  

We’re opera mad in Camelot; we sing from the diaphragm a lot.

In war we’re tough and able, quite in-de-fa-ti-gable.

Between our quests we sequin vests and impersonate Clark Gable

It’s a busy life in Camelot [solo].  (Knights & Round Table)  ibid.    


78,317.  Minstrel: [singing]  Bravely bold Sir Robin rode forth from Camelot.  He was not afraid to die, oh brave Sir Robin.  He was not at all afraid to be killed in nasty ways, brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin.  He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp, or to have his eyes gouged out, and his elbows broken.  To have his kneecaps split, and his body burned away, and his limbs all hacked and mangled, brave Sir Robin.  His head smashed in and heart cut out, and his liver removed, and his bowels unplugged, and his nostrils raped and his bottom burned off and his penis ...  ibid.

78,318.  Knight of Ni: We are now no longer the knights who say Ni.  That same.  We are the keepers of the sacred words ... We want a shrubbery.  ibid.  


78,319.  We are now the knights who say ekki-ekki-ekki-ekki-ptang-zoom- boing-znourrwringmm.  ibid.  


78,320.  Minstrel: [singing] Brave Sir Robin ran away ...


Sir Robin: No!


Minstrel: [singing] bravely ran away away ...


Sir Robin: I didn’t!


Minstrel: [singing] When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled.

Sir Robin: I never did!

Minstrel: [singing] Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about, and valiantly, he chickened out.

Sir Robin: Oh, you liars!  ibid.



78,321.  And so I am become a knight of the kingdom of dreams and shadows.  Mark Twain



78,322.  I have no use for knights; I need revolutionaries.  (Knights & Revolution)  Adolf Hitler



78,323.  He was a verray, parfit gentil knyght.  Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales



78,324.  Look harder at the heart of Britain's parliamentary democracy and you come upon a forgotten hero of our history: this is William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke ... who saved this nation from French conquest and preserved the English royal line.  Dr Thomas Asbridge, The Greatest Knight: William the Marshal, BBC 2014


78,325.  An extraordinary period of conquest and expansion.  ibid.


78,326.  William Marshal would come to define chivalry.  ibid.


78,327.  This was the world of the poet, the troubadour ... and Eleanor placed William at the heart of her Camelot.  ibid.


78,328.  Richard the Lionheart v William Marshal & Henry II.  ibid.


78,329.  Richard the Lionheart died fighting in France in 1199.  ibid.


78,330.  John was forced to agree to a series of concessions: Magna Carta.  (Knights & John)  ibid.



94,426.  England 1194: You’re about to see a story about bold knights and beautiful maidens.  A story of love, and hatred, and prejudice.  (Knights & King John)  Ivanhoe 1982 starring James Mason & Anthony Andrews & Sam Neill & Michael Hordern & Olivia Hussey &, opening commentary


94,427.  Prince John!  (Knights & King John)  ibid.  chant and toast at table


94,428.  The devil is unchained.  Take heed.  He’s escaped from France.  He’s back in England.  (Knights & King John)  ibid.  John



137,187.  A land of mists and of mystery where the Cross had yet to reach.  Beyond the pagan frontier of medieval Europe where the old gods confronted the new.  Christian crusades but far from the deserts of Palestine.  A wilderness of forests, ice and snow.  The northern crusades: lost castles, last stands, no quarter asked nor given.  A war nearly two centuries long fought by one of the most powerful military orders.  A savage war and an inhuman trade.  For God and for the Empire they bore the Cross of Christ, the brothers of the German hospital of St Mary who became the Order of the Teutonic knights.  (Crusaders & Knights & Middle Ages)  The Crusaders s1e2: The Teutonic Knights          


137,188.  The Templars and Hospitallers recruited from numerous nations across Europe … but the Teutonic Order was different: the German Order rose to eventually rose to become one of the most powerful of the Middle Ages.  (Crusaders & Knights & Middle Ages)  ibid.      


137,189.  As with all the military orders knights, the main armoured soldiers who comprised the Teutonic Order’s core battlefield troops, were relatively few in number.  Yet in the northern crusades the armoured knight on horseback could never dominate in the terrain of the Baltic – they needed infantry.  (Crusaders & Knights & Middle Ages)  ibid.      


137,190.  The Order pushed north and east from Prussia.  Historians and archaeologists can now trace the routes they took.  (Crusaders & Knights & Middle Ages)  ibid.