The King's Horse
There is an ancient story of a man named Aiden of Lindisfarne, an Irish monk in the 7th century. Aiden fiercely championed the socially disenfranchised, including children and slaves. It is said of him that he served the king's court so unselfishly that the king wished to reward him with one of his royal horses so he no longer had to endure long walks over rough ground. Aiden refused. He was loath to serve his neighbour from the elevated position of a horse's back. He warned the king that he would only give it away. The king insisted, and Aiden did indeed give away the king's horse. The first peasant farmer he met walked on with a fine new horse.