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 Knight of the Rueful Countenance.Knight’s Ward (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Knight’s Fee.
A portion of land held by custom, sufficient to maintain a knight to do service as such for the king. William the Conqueror created 60,000 such fees when he came to England. All who had £20 a year in lands or income were compelled to be knights.   1

 Knight of the Rueful Countenance.Knight’s Ward (The). 

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