Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Chivalry by the Knight and the Squire

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Different Perspectives of Chivalry by the Knight and the Squire in Canterbury Tales In the medieval period that is described by Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, chivalry was perhaps the most recognized quality of a true Christian gentleman. This quality is explored in Chaucer's two characters of the warrior class, the Knight and the Squire. The Squire is in fact the son of the Knight; both ride gallantly and have the air of true gentleman warriors. However, the two are very dissimilar despite their appearances. The Knight possesses the true qualities of chivalry, devotion to service, constancy in humility, and honesty. The Squire possesses none of these qualities truly, instead his demeanor is a shell that encloses a less…show more content…
Also, the Knight had been fighting in the East and in Africa, areas that had been conquered by "heathen" Turks, the major enemy of the Christian religion at that time, while the Squire had been fighting only the regional rivals near England and France. Although the Squire had "done valiantly in little space" in these battles, he had not distinguished himself from his peers, a fact that is implied when it is said that he had only seen "some service with the cavalry". Even service with the cavalry was less dangerous than other divisions and was compulsory to the service of the king, and the Squire had pursued no noteworthy extemporaneous errands in the interest of chivalry like his father. The Knight, on the other hand, was very distinguished and chiv alrous simply because of his unconditional dedication: In fifteen mortal battles he had been And jousted for our faith at Tramissene Thrice in the lists, and always killed his man. This same distinguished knight had led the van Once with the Bey of Balat, doing work For him against another heathen Turk; Another facet of the Squire's distracted attitude was the notion that "He could make sons and poems and recite, / Knew how to joust and dance, to draw and write" and so had dissipated his time and energy to many other things. In contrast, the Knight
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