While "real men" went off to do battle with the Moors, troubadors dodged the draft and hit the road.
These long-haired lads were the original vagabonds, traveling light, with just the shirts (or surcoats) on their backs (and some colorful hose and pointy shoes) to call their own. They spread gossip and news, paying their keep by singing songs of courtly love glorifying women. In fact, they even helped the Virgin Mary regain her popularity by making her their patron saint. Alas, they also gave modern day women something to year for: a revival of the traditions of scar-dropping, damsel-rescuing and - dare I say? - chivalry.