The chivalric ideals continued to live on, perhaps precisely becausethe reality of knighthood had disappeared, and a free rein was given toromanticizing. The French king François Ier insisted on being knightedon the battlefield of his first victory at Marignano in 1515. Tournaments,pas d'armes were favorite entertainment at the French court of the 16thcentury. More and more elaborate suits of armor were forged for pure display,in increasingly baroque imitations of earlier models. Ariosto's poeticretelling of the crusades popularized the figures of Orlando and Ruggieroand extended the knightly myth for another 200 years. In the 19th century,when no one read Ariosto anymore, Sir Walter Scott and Romanticism tookup the cause.


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