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Having a good horse was essential for knights, a fast war horse being what seperated them from the simple warriors and made them so superior on the battlefield.



Want to know my thoughts about knights and chivalry?

What is chivalry?

During the middle ages the knights were of very high rank, nobles tied close to the king. The knights played a big part in the feudal suciety as feudal lords. In exhange for their warservice they got power over a certain area and the right to pick up taxes from the people living there, paying no taxes at all themselves. Though, at this point of history being a knight came to mean much more than just having power, money and great skills on the battlefield. There were some special qualities a knight now had to have, other than just being good with the sword and at riding he needed courtesy, generosity, valor, dexiterity and honesty. Knights were to protect the weak and poor in the suciety and to help those in need. They had to be polite and respectful toward people and they had to treat women in the right way (Opening the door for her and letting her go first and pulling out the chair when she's about to sit are examples of chivalrous ways to treat a lady.). Knights had to speak the truth and nothing but and were not to boast about themselves and their achievements. They always had to be loyal to their king and to god. These qualities and rules for knights can be summed up as chivalry. During the middle ages christianity grew real strong and chivalry was a way of mixing military rules with cristian morals. From the beginning the word chivalry simply refered to a warrior with a horse but during the middle ages it changed meaning and became a word for the qualities of the ideal knight.

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Is chivalry dead? I think the ones who directly say no to that question are the ones who only think about the chivalric manners against women. Those, I can agree, are a bit old fashioned and since we want (or at least I do) an equal suciety there is no point in us girls not paying for dinner, having some sort of natural right to go first or not pulling out the chair for ourselves. I don't think any of those men who still does these things for women mean anything bad by it or tries to point out the fact that women and men are not equals, what I believe is that the power of the habit is strong and that they are grown up or raised treating women this way. And of course, it can be rather nice having the door opened for you or the chair pulled out but if I have to choose I'd rather have an equal suciety than get treated like a midieval lady. But, like I said, there are nice things about chivalry and qualities that should really have a place in modern suciety. Being polite isn't a bad thing, doesn't mean you're lame just because you're nice, and treating your fellows with respect is also good. And if we all started caring more about the starving and the poor this world would be a much better place. I'm not saying chivalry is totally dead when it comes to those things. No, no! There are many people today fighting for the week and needing: Policemen, firefighters, doctors, volonteers, psychologists, there are loads of examples! I just wish we could all try to be a little less egoistic and a bit more caring, bringing out our more chivalrous sides.

My sources:

Inside the circle of the table, under the holy sword, a knight must swear he will obey to the eternal code Eternal as the table A ring bound to honour A knight is sworn to valor, his heart knows only virtue, his blade defends the helpless, his might upholds the weak, his word speaks only truth, his wrath undoes the wicked The right can never die, if a man still remembers him Words are not forgotten, if a voice pronounce them clearly The Code always shines, if a heart preserves it brightly



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