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years earlier, in the chanson de geste, the nature of knightly action was clear to everybody; not any more. Chivalric ethos has become ‘absolute .. . both in its ideal realization and in the absence of any earthly and practical purpose’ writes Auerbach in Mimesis: ‘no political function . . .no practical reality at all’. And yet, he goes on, this unreal ethos ‘attained acceptance and validity in the real world’ of Western culture forcenturies to come.8 How could it be? For Köhler, the reason was that adventure became ‘stylized and moralized’ in the much wider ideal—launched by the Crusades, and sublimated by the Grail—of ‘the

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