The Code of Chivalry Essay

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“The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom to serve all, but love only one” (Balzac 1). During the Medieval Age, there once existed a moral system that introduced a set of conducts such as, virtues, honor, and courtly love. This was known as the Code of Chivalry. These codes where available and practiced in knight's daily life. The idea of chivalry is extremely valuable to the people, that even everything a knight wore symbolized something valuable or unique. In other words, chivalry was no game. Authors during the chivalric period were influenced by the concept of chivalry and romance that the authors wrote about it in their work. During the Medieval Age and the Renaissance period chivalry, courtly love, and romance played a…show more content…
To have chivalric deeds a person had to commit to these set of codes. In the most basic terms, the code of chivalry are guidelines for qualified knights. Knights were obliged once committed to follow the code of chivalry without breaking any of the laws or rules (). There were severe consequences like death for those knights who broke these code of chivalry (). Not all men were assured to be knights. There were only two ways a man can become a knight. If a knights had a son, then his son is assured to have a position to becoming a knight. Those who their fathers were not knights had to prove there capability through bravery and courage. If they were qualified then they were able to be a knight. For those boys who were born from a royal family since they were more likely to become a knight they were sent off at the age of 8 to the local lord court to become a page (). There they learned everything on the topic of knighthood, other things like the rules of court, weapons, chivalry, writing, and music (). As the boy becomes older, around 13 years of age he then would be a squire because he is starting to develop into their manhood. His training would focus more on horsemanship, weapons, and mainly combat fundamentals (). As combat training advanced for the boy, they focus much more on horse mounted combat where he learns to fight on horses. This type of combat is more typical and essential aspect for a knight Knights had obligations to
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