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  • Knights And Chivalry
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    Knights and Chivalry Chivalry was a system of ethical ideals developed among the knights of medieval Europe. Arising out of the feudalism of the period, it combined military virtues with those of Christianity, as epitomized by he Arthurian legend in England and the chansons de gest e of medieval France. The word chivalry is derived from the French chevalier, meaning horseman or knight. Chivalry was the code of conduct by which knights were supposedly guided. In addition to military prowess and v...
  • Next Scene Erec And Enide
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    The Problematic Aspects of the Knightly Code of Honor in Erec and Enide The medieval institution of knighthood lived and died by a code of chivalry that included courage, honor, loyalty, and consideration for others. The influences of Christianity and courtly love expanded the code of chivalry to include religious piety as well as refined social grace and manners. But despite the respectable nature of all it stood for, this knightly code of honor was depicted as having many problematic aspects i...
  • Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
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    A Comparison of Honor The Middle Ages were a time when honor was considered the most important things one could possess in their lives. Honor was the cornerstone for everything that was good about medieval society and people would do anything to protect what honor they had. The three poems The Franklin's Tale, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Sir Orfeo all have honor as a central theme in the stories they tell us. Honor is portrayed in different ways as it is shown in each of these poems. Th...
  • Fierce Honor And Loyalty To Rulers
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    Throughout the Anglo-Saxon and Middle Age periods the main characters always had a similar established value; honor. This value is prominent in Beowulf, "The Seafarer", and The Canterbury Tales. Each of the main characters portray honor either to himself, his followers, his king, and / or his God. These poems are the different aspects of honor intertwined together to form the most prevailing value during this time frame. Beowulf is a story of a brave warrior who fights Grendel in the timeless ba...
  • Lancelot Treatment Of Guinevere
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    The Knight of the Cart By the end of eleventh century, Western Europe had experienced a powerful cultural revival. The flourish of New towns provided a place for exchange of commerce and flow of knowledge and ideas. Universities, which replaced monasteries as centers of learning, poured urbanized knowledge into society. New technological advances and economics transformations provided the means for building magnificent architectures. These developments were representative of the mental and behav...
  • Sir Baldric
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    Sir. Baldric and The Evil Threshmit It was a frigid night at Rockland Palace. The wind blew hard, and howled out of the night, as the rain beat down on Sir. Morgan as he stood outside the castle walls. He had just returned with the news from King Crenshaw. Suddenly from the dark of the night came Threshmit, the great enemy of man. The description of the beast given by the churl, who stood witness to Sir Morgan's dismemberment, was that of a giant, man eating firs snorting, three headed savage wa...
  • Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
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    The Test of Honor in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight During the course of the medieval poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain is presented with a number of choices, and must, as a result of these options, make difficult decisions. In most instances, his choices trap his natural self-interest in preserving his own life against his sense of honor. Honor was a major factor in the Age of Chivalry - commanding a much higher priority than it does in our society today. Gawain made more than a fe...
  • Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
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    Chivalry We live in an age where the brutality and the vigilante justice of the knight errant is no longer acceptable for people with positions of stature in society. While courage and honor are still praised by society, one rarely finds a man true to his word regardless of cost. Chivalry towards ladies is sometimes mistakenly decried by those supporting equality for women. And Courtly love, init's modern form, is frowned upon. Those who might have a keen sense of justice often have only indirec...
  • Story Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
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    Ancient to Modern: The Transformation of Chivalry During the medieval era, great adventures and accomplishments of unimaginable feats were told of mortal humans know as Knights. Knights were seen to be the elite, displaying their gentleman-like manners throughout every aspect, which they lived, from social events to acts of brutal combat against their adversaries. Every action of a Knight would be done with honor, courage, respect and courtesy. Knights who demonstrated these characteristics were...
  • Knights Of The Holy Grail
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    Suppose one day, you walk out of your manager's office, box in hand, head held low, walking towards your cubicle. Thinking just minutes before you entered the manager's office you were somebody, you had a purpose to society, and a job that needed to be filled. You based your identity on your role in society. But now, jobless, your self-esteem is at rock bottom, you have nothing to do, your identity had been shattered. Maybe you base your life around your identity which keeps you sane, you plea w...
  • Word Honor
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    As time progresses many changes occur in human life. Society, our way of transportation, language, and our way of survival. I you read a lot you probably notice that words that are in older books tend to have a different meaning that today. For instance, the word honor. The word honor has changed since the 1300's as far as people perceived it. But as far as the dictionary definition it has not changed. In comparing them you will find that they are the are close to the same. In Sir Gawain and the...
  • Society's Definition Of Honor And Virtue
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    A common theme of medieval literature is the rigorously defined features of morality and virtue as set by society and the implications these definitions have on the people living in the time. This major emphasis put on society's elevated expectations of men and women could be a direct result of the corrupt power assumed by the Catholic Church of the time. The Catholic Church's main purpose seems to have been the gain of money and power at the expense of its followers. For example, one of the mai...
  • Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
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    Sir Gawain plays an important role in King Arthur's Court. In 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,' he shows many characteristics of the code of chivalry such as characteristics as loyalty, honor and courtesy... In the poem, 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,' Gawain received a test of his honor. In the midst of the New Year's celebration at King Arthur's Castle, a man of powerful size comes to challenge the Knights of the Round Table. This Green Knight comes to prove the honor and reputation of Kin...

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