Knights and the ideals of knighthood appeared often in medieval and Renaissance literature, and have a sizable niche in literary romance. Some notable examples would be The Song of Roland by Geoffrey Chaucer, and Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote.
Who can forget the Knights of the Roundtable?
A Knight was expected to be a brave warrior and to always act in a courteous and professional manner in military affairs. Knights were accorded respect even from their enemy. When knights were captured as prisoners of war, usually they were given comfortable accommodations until exchanged for ransom, unlike a common soldier.
Chivalry was a characteristic of knighthood. It went hand in hand with professional ethics and military service to the king in exchange for landed property. Knights were expected to be brave and heroic but were not your run of the mill soldier. They were noble and gentile, and were often intellects and avid horsemen. They were respectful of others, even those who were their enemies.
In the Lusty Knights of Blaze, Dustin Porter is one such knight. He represents the romantic notion of the knights of old, possessing nobility that speaks to honor and duty.
I set the story in a time unknown in a fictitious land because I wanted Dustin to be a shining example of what we’ve come to expect from a Knight. Dustin embodies all the romance and bravery that comes with his station in life, and I’m sure the reader will fall in love with him right along with Karnal.
Lusty Knights of Blaze by D.J. Manly is now available at Amber Allure.
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