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The Knights Of Olde Were Actually Huge Jerks

The knights of olde have been heavily romanticized over the years thanks to literature and pop culture, but despite what your favorite fictional stories say knights were big ol' jerks.

I mean, what kind of hero would pillage, rape and slaughter their serf's livestock without moral objection or fear of punishment? A medieval knight, that's who!

Many medieval knights had nothing better to do than hang out on their plot of land all day, since they only worked about 40 days a year, and when those alpha male rich kids in plate mail armor got bored, blood would flow.

But battle was rarely a deadly affair for medieval knights, because common blooded foot soldiers could be punished for killing a knight since they were worth more when held for ransom.

Read 10 Reasons Medieval Knights Were Actually Huge Jerks here

And Thomas Malory, writer of Le Morte d'Arthur - which is probably one of the most influential tales of knighthood as well as the most important love triangle in the Western canon - was imprisoned for rape.

But there as a man's heart is set, he will be loath to return.
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