DIGGING THE ROOTS: WHAT THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS REVEALS ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE

DIGGING THE ROOTS: WHAT THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS REVEALS ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE

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WHEN SOMEONE’S OFFENSES MAKE YOUR EARS BURN AND YOU SHOUT THEM DOWN, OR YOU START THAT FIGHT, OR YOU RUSH TO AID A FRIEND, YOU ARE THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS. In many depictions, the Knight is either on horseback, bearing down on his objective at great speed, or he is shown by a burning tower. The Knight of Swords has two parallel threads of historical meaning. Both may be leading us to the same end. The chivalric code is not something that existed in the way we like to think, as a concrete ethical code followed by all honorable knights. Rather, the code was the ideal of the age during which the tarot originally emerged. This code was later romanticised by Chretien de Troyes, who may be best known for…
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