Accolade

The Accolade by Edmund Blair Leighton (1901)
The Accolade by Edmund Blair Leighton (1901)

Accolade

– (Ac’-co-lade) The ceremony by which in mediaeval times one was dubbed a knight. Antiquaries are not agreed on what this was. It has been made an embrace around the neck, a kiss or a slight blow upon the cheek or shoulder.

“The new attorney-general having stooped down without objection to the usual accolade.” – Townsend’s Lives of 12 Eminent Judges: Lord Eldon.

Pimbley’s Dictionary of Heraldry; Arthur Pimbley (1908).


Originally posted 2009-12-21 16:27:39.

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