There are many rules of Medieval chivalry. But I only find certain ones to be the most important to me. My top three most important are to respect women, defend the weak and innocent, and fight with honor. Chivalry may mean many things to many people. To me it means respect, loyalty, honesty, etc.
Strength and Fight Courage (Chivalry in Excalibur) “A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do, but what he should do”(Murakami). “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a story that is based on the life of Celtic warriors who fought in the Anglo- Saxon invaders of England in the fifth and sixth centuries”(pg.171). This story presents many acts of chivalry, chivalry is the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, courage, honor, courtesy, justice, and a readiness to help the weak. These acts of chivalry are shown from the knights in the story.
How did late medieval governments shape life in positive and in negative ways? The government shaped life in a positive way by protecting the kingdom from invaders and keeping people safe. The monarchs had armies and lots of knight at their disposal. The knights had a code of honor so they were nice to women and others.
Chivalrous: a word to describe a knight of courtesy, generosity, dexterity in arms, and honor of God and their people. Despite the knightly chivalry of the three men, Sir Lancelot, King Arthur, and Sir Gawain showed aspects that were not considered chivalrous such as kissing the lord's wife, being disloyal to God and not keeping promises. These three men of medieval literature show complexity of chivalry and honor along with instances of betrayal and mistakes. These men exemplify qualities of chivalry and their instances of non-chivalric behavior helped them in the end. Sir Lancelot is a character from the great stories of Medieval Romance who was advanced in fighting.
A Code of Conduct In the Medieval era, aristocrats considered knights the nobility in feudal society. Arthurian Knights are equipped with weapons and armor, while partaking in violence and bloodshed. As highly skilled fighting men, they hold power over other members of society. The only way to restrain a knight’s actions is through chivalry, or a code of conduct they have to follow. Without chivalry, Gawain, the “Prologue” knight and the “Wife of Bath’s Tale” knight would not have been able to call themselves knights.
Chivalry is the implicit code of honor amongst people. People have lost touch with this principle. People now are killing women, as well as children in mass bombings and other terrible acts that would never have been committed back when chivalry was still used by everyone. Chivalry used to be an everyday act when a person needed help they would be helped immediately. With cyberbullying, people are even not being chivalrous on the Internet.
Have you ever wondered if chivalry was still alive today? For those of you who don’t know what chivalry is, chivalry is the act of religion, moral, and social code. We all may have different opinions of whether not chivalry is still alive today and how we view it. In Excalibur there are more than 3 examples of chivalry, but in this essay, only three are going to be talked about. One example is when King Arthur decides to go fight lancelot instead of having his knights go for him.
In medieval times, chivalry was something that many men lived up to. If a man lived up to the expectations of chivalry he was said to be loyal, brave and courageous. For some it was difficult to follow certain codes especially when it came to romance, an example: Sir Lancelot in the movie “First Knight.” Medieval romance was taken seriously during its time. Not only did men/knights have to follow rules and codes about war, but also about romance.
Chivalric romances are often centered upon the efforts of gallant knights seeking to achieve a concept known as “true knighthood” which involves embarking on quests or adventures to obtain honor, love, and Christian virtue. The brave knights of these stories are met with many obstacles to overcome, commonly in regards to rescuing or protecting a lady. In other words, the typical role of women in this period is that of the damsel in distress or a helpless, dependent lady in need of a hero. However, the stories of Chrétien de Troyes’ Yvain, the Knight of the Lion and Friedrich Heinrich Karl La Motte-Fouqué’s The Magic Ring strays from the typical role of women as the damsel in distress.
Select a class in the feudal hierarchy and explore their role within the feudal structure. Introduction In Medieval Europe, the knight was a momentous figure that determined safety and order. In the feudal system, the knights possessed a meaningful role within the hierarchal structure. As this role was significant, stages were implemented to prepare a developing knight.