Kynges and knightes that kepen and defenden ,
¶ kynges and knyghtes · þat kepen and defenden
Kynges and kniȝtes þat keptenR.20.230: R's preterite form is unsupported by any other B copy;
the others all show kepen. Nevertheless, though most C witnesses agree with beta, three of the most authoritative X family manuscripts
(XIP2) agree with R's preterite. and defenden .