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knight errant

(esp in medieval romance) a knight who wanders in search of deeds of courage, chivalry, etc.
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Hence Don Quixote's melancholic recognition of the impossibility of reviving ancient values in a disenchanted age: "Our decadent age does not deserve to enjoy the good that was enjoyed when knights errant took it as their responsibility to bear on their own shoulders the defense of kingdoms, the protection of damsels, the safeguarding of orphans and wards, the punishment of the proud, and the rewarding of the humble" (345/465).
We, as the modern form of "knights errant," go into the present day Tournament Lists (aka the courts) to fight our clients' battles, although most of those clients are not sovereign, nor even landed gentry themselves.