What is chivalry?

  • (noun): The medieval principles of knighthood.
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Chivalry, or the chivalric code, is the traditional code of conduct associated with the medieval institution of knighthood. It was originally conceived of as an aristocratic warrior code — the term derives from the French term for horseman — involving individual training and service to others. Over time its meaning has been refined to emphasize more ideals such as knightly virtues, honour and courtly love, and less the martial aspects of the tradition.

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Characters In The Realm Of The Elderlings - The Farseer Trilogy - The Royal Family, The Farseers - Chivalry
... Less than a year previous to Fitz's birth, Chivalry went to the Mountain Kingdom to negotiate a series of treaties ... but there remains some suspicion that Chivalry was murdered per order of Queen Desire ... Chivalry was true to his name, and was not only the embodiment of what he believed a man should be, but he was the embodiment of what he believed a man should want ...
List Of Empire Ships (Ca–Cl) - Suffix Beginning Ca To Cl - Empire Chivalry
... Empire Chivalry was a 6,007 GRT cargo ship which was built by Swan Hunter Wigham Richardson Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne ... To MoWT and renamed Empire Chivalry ...
Chivalry - Modern Debates
... of questions historians debate related to chivalry ... In his monumental study of Chivalry, The Broad-Stone of Honour, Kenelm Henry Digby offered the following definition 'Chivalry is only a name for that general ...
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Chivalry (disambiguation)
... Chivalry is the traditional code of conduct associated with the medieval institution of knighthood ... Chivalry may also refer to Chivalry (game), a 1983 action role-playing game Chivalry Medieval Warfare, a 2012 action game SS Chivalry, a British freighter ...

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    The odious and disgusting aristocracy of wealth is built upon the ruins of all that is good in chivalry or republicanism; and luxury is the forerunner of a barbarism scarcely capable of cure.
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    Edmund Burke (1729–1797)