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Mendozas and Gusmans of Castile, or the Alencastros, Pallas and Menesis of Portugal : but she sprung from the family of Toboso de la Mancha, a lineage which, though modern, may give a noble rise to the most illus- trious families of future ages ; and let no man contradict what I say, except upon the conditions expressed in that inscription placed by Cerbino under the trophy of Or- lando's arms-
' That knight alone these arms shall move,
��Although I myself am descended from the Cacho- pines 2 of Laredo," said the traveller, " I won't presume
1 When a knight challenged the whole world, he wore an emprize, consisting of a gold chain, or some other badge of love and chivalry ; and sometimes this emprize was fixed in a public place to attract the attention of strangers : when any person accepted the challenge for a trial of chivalry, called the combat of courtesy, he touched this emprize ; but, if he tore it away, it was considered as a resolution to fight the owner to extremity or outrance. The combat of courtesy is still practised by our prize-fighters and boxers, who shake hands before the engagement, in token of love.
But no defiance of this kind could be either published or accepted without the permission of the prince, at whose court the combatants chanced to be. Accordingly we are told by Oliver de la Marche, that the lord of Ternant having published a defiance at the court of Burgundy, in the year 1445, Galiat asked the duke's permission to touch the chal- lenger's emprize, which, being granted, he advanced and touched it, saying to the bearer, while he bowed very low, " Noble knight, I touch your emprize, and, with God's permission, will do my utmost to fulfil your desire either on horseback or on foot." The lord of Ternant humbly thanked him for his condescension, said he was extremely welcome, and promised to send him that same day a cartel, mentioning the arms they should use.
2 Cachopines is the name given to Europeans by the Indians of Mexico.