What is it? The Knights Code of Chivalry was a moral system which encouraged the knights to show bravery, courtesy, honor, a nd gallantry toward women.
What did it consist of? Faith Liberality Charity Diligence Justice Hope Sagacity Valor Prudence Temperance Resolution Truth
What did they think about killing? There was the idea that fighting and killing "could be a blessed and religiously meritorious act.” They cared a lot about heroism and valor, thinking that any good knight should be skilled in battle.
What did the king think of this? The king, Edward III, thought highly of Chivalry and it played a large part in his ruling; he even had annual tournaments.
The Crusades The Crusades were a time when the Code of Chivalry was used a lot. “Every Crusader had to swear „to defend to his uttermost the weak, the orphan, the widow and the oppressed; he should be courteous, and women should receive his especial care‟” (“Medieval Code of Chivalry”).
The Song of Roland In the early 11th century someone wrote a song about the Code of Chivalry. The song was named the “Song of Roland”. It describes the 8th century knights and Charlemagnes Code of Chivalry.