This basically says that a vassal should be without fail, faithful to his lord and offer all of his knowledge and resources to him. In addition, its is written that treason and murder and other acts of the Lord are dishonorable, “theft, however, and treason and murder and whatever things are against the Lord and the catholic faith are to be required of or performed by no one”. As these social codes are written in an official document addressed to a lord it is likely that they were meant to please the lord and glorify him, rather than displease him. This might be an over exaggeration of the lord’s power over vassals. Conversely, Document eight references the importance of feudal Japan’s attitudes towards war, “It should be the primary concern of everyone to train himself unceasingly in military accomplishment.
The Kamakura period, which saw the emergence of samurai as a specific class, began the practices and code of samurai. Seppuku, a form of ritual suicide and one of the more widely known samurai practices, also developed during this time (Pletcher). The Kamakura period brought the concept of feudalism to Japan and established the rank of shogun: the military leader of Japan. The shift to a military government was reasoning behind the samurai class and evident through the loyal and honorable, yet stoic and disciplined, culture of this time (“Kamakura Period”). The bushido code faced much outside influence, but core emphasis was placed on living frugally, upholding honor, and honing athletic and mental strength in order to remain fearless during battle.
People ignore that and believe they can be their own gods. This is not right because Jesus says in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the father except through me.” Meaning that the only way to not end up in Hell is to except Jesus Christ into your heart. “It is to be ascribed to nothing else, that you did not go to
“And she pressed the sash upon him and begged him to take it, and Gawain did…” (L. 233-234). He gives in to the temptation unlike the merciful god and Jesus. He hides the sash, but the Red Lord/ The Green Knight knows of his gift. When the time comes for Gawain’s strike to be on him, the Green knight tells him that he knows of the sash and feels pity and for the Knight, for he is just a human and values his life. The Biblical God shows mercy to the human race in the bible and offers them many signs of his love and mercy in his stating to reconciliation and prayer for mercy.
God wants His followers to help the poor, to give and not receive. “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.” –Charles Dickens. God commands us to be friendly to everyone, even our enemies. Orphans and widows need to be looked after too.
In this religion, Christians believe that: no one can survive and be protected without the faith of believing in God, that the son of God is to be humble and unselfish, and that the life that one life and happiness was given to them by God. Beowulf a New Telling was originally written in Paganism, then converted to Christianity. Christianity and Paganism are very close religions. There are many discussions rather Beowulf has Element of Christianity or not. People say that Beowulf represents God through his leadership, and risking his life for the peoples benefit, much like God did.
The Knight’s Tale focuses mainly on chivalry and courtly love. Chivalry, which is system of behavioral rules that knights must follow, has several rules that pertain to Christianity, such as believe all the church tells you, defend the church, and do not perform duties that contrast the laws of God. Courtly love, like chivalry, are rules which demand a knight’s loyalty to only one person. Ignoring these two systems, there are almost no Christian values in the story. which can be seen by the way Palamon and Arcite fight each other over a princess in the story.
According to The Way of the Samurai by William De Bary, “the business of the samurai is to reflect on his own station in life, to give loyal service to his master if he has one, to strengthen his fidelity in associations with friends, and, with due consideration of his own position, to devote himself to duty above all” (206). In Tokugawa Japan, this Way, also known as “bushido”, was founded by Yamaga Soko who “combined the virtues of Confucian scholar and warrior” (Schirokauer 361). Not only was bushido something that all samurai followed, but they were to adhere to the Confucian approach which “strives to fulfill the Way of the lord and subject, friend and friend, parent and child, older and younger brother, and husband and wife” (De Bary
Feudalism is a political, economic, and social system based on loyalty, the holding of land and military service. Local Lords formed a strict code of behavior and allegiance which became the foundation of life. On the other side of the world both Europe and Japan developed the Feudalism system due to weak centralized government, lack of resource, shared political value and more. Both of these systems are similar, but at the same time different. In both systems warriors strictly obeyed the code of conduct as a way of life.
The feudal system, also known as feudalism, was an assertive legal and social system that helped established the political, social, and economic state in Japan and Western Europe. It was applied with divergent interpretations in these two regions. This particular system did affect political life and institutions in both Japan and Western Europe. Despite the conflicts it caused, feudalism helped preserve law and order, and succeeding at industrial development in both Western Europe and Japan. Although these two civilizations acquired the same structure, each one took on their own approach.
After reflecting, my code of honor is not much different than the knight’s Code of Chivalry. Protection, God, and truthfulness shows the true charter of a person. Sir Gawain and the other knights of the round table have all sworn to live a righteous and humble life. Sir Gawain lived by the Code of Chivalry, just like we all live by our own code of honor. Our values, morals, and norms make us who are and what we stand for.
In the Classical era, two very comparable empires carried out the cycle of rising and falling on the far western and eastern ends of Eurasia. While only Rome had to struggle to grow from a single city to an enormous empire, both Rome and Han China rose to power on the backs of their brutal armies. And, the fall of both empires negatively impacted the life of common people as well as the cultivation of culture across Eurasia. In the beginning of its reign, the Roman empire labored to grow from an impoverished city-state into a more expansive political force.
In order to understand the similarities of how order was in the Han Dynasty and Roman Empire from 300 BCE to 300 CE, the beginnings of each empire should be understood. Before the Han Dynasty rose, the Qin Dynasty, which overtaxed their citizens and regulated their laws by censoring education (burning books). The Roman Empire started out as a city-state which began to conquer neighboring regions, such as Italy, and expanded through warfare. However, from 300 BCE to 300 CE, the Han Dynasty and Roman Empire both created order in society by having an agrarian economy, ideologies, and establishing an authority that shaped social structures. The first similarity of how the Romans and the Han both created order in society, from 300 BCE to 300 CE, was their agrarian economy.