In the Romances
, the Doucepers
("chief peers") or Douzepers
("dozen peers") are the twelve paladins
personally attached to Charlemagne's court. They are the bravest of his knights and provide his personal bodyguard. The term was employed by Edmund Spenser
as well, in his Faerie Queene
, III, x., where the knight Bragadochio
is said to be a "doughty Doucepere."