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  • The masculine was damoiseau/damoiseaux not used at all either nowadays. KINDERGARTNER. 2004

  • The "gentle damoiseau," confided at the age of seven or eight to the care of a knight whose reputation for prowess and courtesy ensured a good example, learned modesty and obedience in the performance of menial services, then considered honorable; in the court-yard of the castle he was instructed in horsemanship, and in the use of the lance, the bow, and the sword.

    A History of English Prose Fiction Bayard Tuckerman

  • This thing was very grievous to them, but the damoiseau thought within himself that it were good to bear the pains he knew, rather than to seek out others that might prove sharper still.

    French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France Marie de France

  • On a morning in summer time the Queen and the damoiseau sat fondly together.

    French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France Marie de France

  • While yet a damoiseau, and before he had attained the rank of squire, the youth was expected to choose one girl who should receive his special admiration and service, in whose name his future knightly deeds should be performed, who should be his inspiration in battle, the reward of his valor, and the object of his gallantry.

    A History of English Prose Fiction Bayard Tuckerman

  • The young damoiseau of Beaumanoir had grown very sick of it all since the royal dromonds first swung into Limasol Bay.

    The Path of the King John Buchan 1907

  • The damoiseau of Beaumanoir sat on a ridge commanding for fifty miles the snow-sprinkled uplands.

    The Path of the King John Buchan 1907

  • Louis VI., the _noble damoiseau_ as he is called by the Chronicle of

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey 1893

  • Aucassin was the name of the damoiseau: fair was he, goodly, and great, and featly fashioned of his body and limbs.

    The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VII (of X)—Continental Europe I Various 1885

  • Every one saw, without an effort, the young damoiseau riding out with his hound or hawk, looking for game; the lanes under the trees, through the wood, or the thick underbrush before lanes were made; the herdsmen watching their herds, and keeping a sharp look-out for wolves; the peasant seeking lost cattle; the black kiln-men burning charcoal; and in the depths of the rocks or swamps or thickets -- the outlaw.

    Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres Henry Adams 1878


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  • Masculine equivalent of damsel in Old French: "A young man of gentle birth, not yet made a knight."

    August 30, 2008