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- Also incorporated in the ideal was courtly love, romantic devotion for a sexually unattainable woman, usually another man’s wife. Veneration for the Virgin Mary played a part in this concept. Chivalric ideals influenced the founding of religious military orders during the period of the Crusades, among them the Templars and the Hospitalers, the Teutonic Knights, and the Spanish orders of Alcantara, Calatrava, and Santiago.
- Chivalry, as defined by Encyclopedia Americana is a system of values and ideals of conduct held by knights in medieval Europe. In its institutional form, chivalry was an informal, international order to which many, but not all, of the ruling class (nobility) belonged.
- Most of all, he was loyal to God, as all Christian knights were. A Christian knight had virtues of fidelity, piety, loyalty and devotion to God. However, some knights did not live this ideal lifestyle. (Duby) A young boy in training to be a knight spent the first few years of his life in care of the women in his family.
- Chivalry, order of knighthood and, especially, code of knightly behavior that was a feature of the High and later Middle ages in western Europe (Encarta). Having developed out of the lofty and pious ideals of the Crusades, chivalry encouraged high personal values and well-manicured behavior.
- Skill at arms is more often attained as an exercise, rather than a useful tool, and strength of body, while glamorized, is degraded by large numbers of “men of the mind.” Chivalry is a lot like ethics; it is a governing principle concerning fair play as far as medieval combat among your peers was concerned.
- During medieval times knighthood was a class culture, cherished and jealousy guarded by the knightly caste. Knight had the honor of defending the king as well as their country. On the bloody fields of battle a code of chivalry evolved that tempered anger and fury with mercy.
- Pride is one of the characteristics of chivalry. The knights are proud of their kingdoms. The knights are proud of their names. They re proud of everything, but pride is a terrible weakness in people. People in our times are proud enough as it is, if chivalry were to come back, imagine what kind of ego s they would have then.
- When I first think of chivalry, I think of knights and dragons and damsels in distress. It’s not really something that I associate with the society that we live in today. You’ve heard it before, chivalry is dead. But I don’t really believe that. It’s too final, it doesn’t leave any room for us to be better people again.
- I have always been fascinated by the image of the “knight in shining armor,” and I’m sure I’m not alone. Who hasn’t wondered what it was really like to live the life of a knight? Just what was a knight? What did it take to become one, and what were his duties and responsibilities?
- History has been recorded throughout time in stories, books, poems and other literary works. These writings give historians and readers of the present day valuable insights into the lifestyles, beliefs, society, economics, politics and pagan religion of the time period they originate.
- The knights of this poem center their lives in bravery, courtesy, and everything in general that chivalry comprises. They are virtuous men who honor the “five wounds” of Christ, and “the five wits”(640-642) through the symbol of the pentangle on their armor.
- Throughout my semester of studies on knighthood, I have noticed two major swings in its goal. At first the knight existed only as a vassal, a mounted warrior for fighting. Then as the first crusade came around in 1095 it turned the knights attentions to their new quest in Jerusalem.
- Arthurian Legend is a group of stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The legends originated as a collection of folk tales passed down by oral tradition. As the stories spread through Europe different scenes as well as different versions appear in different countries.
- The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is a story mixed with historical truths and exaggerated fiction The legend of King Arthur, known as the Arthurian Legend, comes from the Middle Ages and is both fact and fiction There really was a King Arthur who was king of the Britons He was a type of military leader who fought Germanic invaders Many of the Tudor monarchs claimed lineage to King Arthur to justify and prove their right to the throne Most of the knowledge of Arthur is legend There is no doubt, though, that stories about him have influenced literature, society, music,
- The nobility of Sir Gawain from ” Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ” and Sir Lancelot from “Morte Darthur” diminishes once their treasonous behavior contradicts their chivalric oath to their lord due to conflicts between the ethics of courtly love and thethics of their knightly code.
- In Chaucer s Canterbury Tales there are twenty-nine plus one characters. Out of the twenty-nine plus one characters two will be compared and contrasted. The Friar and the Miller have some similarities and at the same time some differences. The Friar and the Miller show a few similarities in Canterbury Tales.
- Courtly Love, code of behavior that defined the relationship between aristocratic lovers in Western Europe during the Middle Ages. The Idea of courtly love developed among the higher classes of Europe during the late-1100s. The idea of courtly love was that a man passionately devoted himself to a lady who was married or engaged to another man.
- A culture that evolves and changes through time is a healthy culture indeed. From the early pagan warriors to the artisans of the Renaissance, the European world dramatically reformed. The literature of each era indicates the profound cultural innovations.
- The Arthurian Legends are a cycle of stories that has been shaped and passed down through over fourteen hundred years of English history. The legend of King Arthur tells of the adventures of an early king of Britain and the knights and ladies who made up his royal court at Camelot.
- Chaucer already summarizes the characteristics of the Knight as making up a perfect gentle-knight, and the many deeds of valor add more credence to Chaucer s summary. The modest bearing is contrary to the “lad of fire” and although the Squire had “wonderful strength and agility”, he did not use it to the full extent that his father used his own.