One dubbed at Court by favour, not having won his spurs by
military service in the field. Mayors, lawyers, and other civilians
knighted as they kneel on a carpet before their sovereign.
“Knights of the Carpet,” “Knights of the Green Cloth,” “Knights of Carpetry.”
“The subordinate commands fell to young patricians, carpet-knights,
who went on campaigns with their families and slaves.” —Froude:
Caesar, chap. iv. p. 91.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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