Bending The Knee: Devotion And Humility

The life-long commitment that is asked for while proposing requires humility, devotion and steadfastness.

Bending on one knee has been a well-known way to propose a lover from medieval times to the scenes of modern-day engagement ceremonies.

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Proposing On One Knee
  • Kneeling on one knee while proposing has its roots in an ancient practise, originated in the Persian Empire.
  • This was part of a rank-based greeting ritual, called proskynesis, adopted by Alexander The Great.
  • The 11th century Knights used this gesture towards the ladies, something called ‘courtly love’, a romantic commitment that was done even to married ladies.
  • The Knights pledged to serve and honour the lady they love.

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