Feudal society bequeathed to subsequent generations not only certain distinctive conceptions and institutions of government but also a social ideal concerning the proper behavior of the knight, the warrior, and the man. This was chivalry, which meant in the most literal sense the art of mastering or managing caballi, horses. It held out a high image of the perfect warrior which, if rarely achieved and often ignored, still exerted a lasting influence on the manners and morals of the West.
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