Chivalry Is Dead
What is Chivalry?
The Ten Commandments of Chivalry
- 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 which thou wast born.
- Thou shalt not recoil before thine 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.
This picture represents number ten on the list of commandments.
This picture represents number nine on the list of commandments.
This also represents number ten on the list of commandments.
Chivalry in the Canterbury Tales
Medieval Chivalry Displayed in the Knights Tale
"And ridden into battle, no man more, As well in Christian as in heathen places, And ever honored for his noble graces." This represents the fact that nights were to battle all enemies without thinking about it and whenever he was ordered too. It also represents commandment one, that he has too follow the direction of the church and be a religious man.
"He often sat at table in the chair, Of honor, above all nations, when in Prussia." This shows that knights were men of honor and would honor the country they were born while in other countries.
"In fifteen mortal battles he had been And jousted for our faith at Tramissene Thrice in the lists, and always killed his man." This shows that the knight fought without concession and not to surrender to the enemy and the knight does not show his enemy mercy, and he fights for the church.