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Code of Chivalry

Obviously the chivalry times have faded away and only a few good men still live by the "Code of Chivalry". Of course there were no actual, set in stone, code written, but if you read much literature of the Medieval times you see that there was a straight forward way of life. A life I continue to live and these codes increase my value of living.

Back in the 8th Century there was a pretty awesome poem called "The Song of Roland". Now there are a ton of historical facts that I can easily share, but many might not be interested in it so here is the Code of Chivalry that the knights followed:

  • To fear God and maintain His Church
  • To serve the liege lord in valour and faith
  • To protect the weak and defenseless
  • To give succour to widows and orphans
  • To refrain from the wanton giving of offence
  • To obey those placed in authority
  • To guard the honour of fellow knights
  • To eschew unfairness, meanness, and deceit
  • To keep faith
  • At all times speak the truth
  • To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun
  • To respect the honour of women
  • Never to refuse a challenge from an equal
  • Never to turn the back upon a foe

... And in the 14th Century the Duke of Burgandy features these Codes of Chivalry:

  • Faith
  • Charity
  • Justice
  • Sagacity
  • Prudence
  • Temperance
  • Resolution
  • Truth
  • Liberality
  • Diligence
  • Hope
  • Valour

Of course, there's probably one or two that I don't hold as dire to my quality of life due to the contextual differences in time, but these are great disciplines to start off.