A robber baron or robber knight was an unscrupulous and despotic noble of the medieval period in Europe. The term has slightly different meanings in different countries. In modern US parlance, the term is also used to describe unscrupulous industrialists (see robber baron (industrialist)). Robber baron behavior among the Germanic warrior class in medieval Europe indirectly led to the Catholic innovations of the Peace and Truce of God.
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“Erle Douglas on his milk-white steede,
Most like a baron bold,
Rode foremost of his company,
Whose armor shone like gold.”
—Unknown. Chevy Chase (l. 6568)