• Definition: The medieval system, principles, and customs of knighthood. The qualities idealized by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women.
• Religion• War• Love of Ladies• Its merits and faults are a result of these factors.• These elements intimately connected with pride of birth will generate that frame of character which is expressed by honor and loyalty.
• Religion was the most powerful aspect of Chivalry.• A knight was bound to follow and uphold the beliefs of his religion. • Even above those of the king and himself, the knight.• The crusades brought this aspect to its peak, the knights fought for control of the Holy Land for their church and beliefs.
• A knight followed strict rules as to what was proper behavior in battle. The chivalric code covered such things as when he fought and how he fought. • He would battle only when necessary or at his king’s request and to only use as much force as needed.• The Code of Chivalry brought an end to knights fighting till the death and replaced those competitions with jousting, which wasn’t as dangerous.
• During peace time, women dominated the thoughts of knights. • It was considered a great honor to be loved by the women you desired.• The most impressive acts of valor were performed in her honor. In his Lady’s name a knight waged war or participated in tournaments to win her favor.
• Courage- Knights must know when to choose the more difficult, and more personally expensive path. Courage does not mean being stupidly arrogant, but having the will to do what is right.• Defense- Knights swear to defend their lords and ladies, their families, their nation, widows and orphans, and the Church.• Faith- Knights hold strong faith in the Christian God, giving them strong roots and hope against the evil tidings of the world.• Generosity-. In order to counter the weakness of gluttony, knights are as generous as their resources will allow.• Humility- Humble knights being the first to tell of anothers deeds before their own, giving them the honor they deserved from their good deeds. They let others proclaim their won deeds.• Justice- In courageously seeking the truth, and the path of righteousness, knights strive to escape their own bias or personal gain. Loyalty- A Good knight is unbending in his commitment to those he is sworn to defend: the Crown, his Lord, and his peers. Temptation can, therefore, hold no say over his life.• Nobility- Nobility is the beginning of courtesy, and thus knights are to be polite and equitable to all as they develop and maintain a noble character through the ideals of chivalry.• Prowess- Knights sought to be masters of their minds and bodies, and thus sought excellence in matters mental and martial.
• Thou shalt believe all that the Church teaches, and shalt observe all its directions.• Thou shalt defend the Church.• Thou shalt respect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.• Thou shalt love the country in the which thou wast born.• Thou shalt not recoil before the enemy.• Thou shalt make war against the Infidel without cessation, and without mercy.• Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they be not contrary to the laws of God.• Thou shalt never lie, and shalt remain faithful to thy pledged word.• Thou shalt be generous, and give largesse to everyone.• Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the Good against Injustice and Evil.