"A knight there was, and that a worthy man,
That from the time that he first began
To ridden out, he loved chivalry,
Truth, honor, freedom and courtesy.
And though that he was worthy, he was wise,
And of his port as meek as is a maid.
He never yet no villainy had said
In all his life, unto no manner wight.
He was a very parfit gentle knight."
Chaucer: Canterbury Tales: Prologue (14th cent.).