Chivalry in early medieval times was a simple set of rules or ideals that governed medieval warriors ‘knights’
However as the medieval period progressed these rules became much more extensive, more rigid, and regulated.
As the medieval period progressed and times changed so did the rules of chivalry
The Code of Chivalry for Knights in medieval times
In the 13th century chivalry had become a mixture of military rules, religious duties and courtly love and virtues of “faith, hope, charity, justice, strength, moderation and loyalty!
Chivalry changed again during the period of the crusades where it became more focused towards ‘religion’ ‘divine beings’ spirituality and Gods.
Chivalry kept progressing and during the latter parts of the medieval period became more closely matched to how people today think about knights and chivalry of the middle ages.
A medieval squire talks sweetly following the rules of courtly love
All good things come to an end and this was the case for chivalry and the medieval knight.
As Chivalry was often open to change and the views of people within different locations both locally and nationally it came to mean different things in different locations.
In the Late 15th century ‘Sir Thomas Malory’ describes well how different groups created there own ‘chivalric ideology’.
knights were further divided by conflicts such as ‘the Wars of the Roses’.
It seems that during early Tudor rule in England, knights attitudes towards ‘Chivalry began to wane and whilst some knights still honored chivalry principles other chose to ignore it.
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