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The Paladins (or Twelve Peers) are twelve fictional knights of legend, the foremost members of Charlemagne's court in the 8th century. They first appear in the medieval (12th century) chanson de geste cycle of the Matter of France, where they play a similar role to the Knights of the Round Table in Arthurian romance.


  1. A heroic champion (especially a knightly one).
  2. A defender or advocate of a noble cause.
  3. Any of the 12 Companions of the court of Emperor Charlemagne.

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