Chivalry Code – 15 Facts

15 things You Might not Known about Chivalry in Medieval times.

  • The word Chivalry itself comes from the French word chevalier (‘cavalier’).
  • Non-knights (archers, peasants, foot-soldiers, etc.) did not Follow the rules of Chivalry.
  • A rule in the chivalric code includes taking an oath of loyalty to an overlord.
  • Chivalric rules include never striking a defenseless opponent in battle.

  • Chivalry in Europe started in Northern France.
  • Chivalry started around the 12th century in the time period between 1101 – 1200 .
  • Chivalry was a kind of early set of standards ‘ethics and rules for the ‘warrior class’.
  • There is a famous medieval song called ‘Song of Roland’ which describes ‘the perfect knight’.
Medieval Songs Song of Rowland

The Song of Rowland was a famous medieval song

  • knights were never harmed or killed but exchanged for a ransom which was usually a very reasonable negotiation.
  • It appears that knights totally respected one another, a respect that they did not hold for other lower warrior classes.
  • Lower level foot-soldier would simply be killed and not taken captive by knights regardless of Chivalry.
  • Queen Elizabeth I ended the tradition that any knight could create another and made it exclusively the preserve of the monarch.

Historians consider ‘Sir Edward Woodville’ who died in 1488 in Brittany to be one of the ‘Last Knights’ in history

The fall of the ‘Age of Chivalry’ and the rise of modern European warfare is around the end of the 15th century

As the Middle Ages ended so did the ‘Age of Chivalry’.

 

 

 

 

 

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