When is the last time you opened a door for someone in need, or simply said "thank you"? If you"re like me, you don't do it as much as you should. When we perform these acts of courtesy these should not be thought of as sexist, vulgar, or even flirty. They are just acts of chivalry. Chivalry as described by Mr. Webster is: a medieval system, principle and customs of knighthood. It is qualities idealized by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women. Chivalry first originated in the ninth century, and believe it or not it still exists scarcely today.
To better understand chivalry we must go back in time when chivalry first originated. In the ninth, and tenth centuries Western Europe was under attack by invading forces. These forces were experts in waging war on horseback. The armies of Europe were composed primarily of foot soldiers. European soldiers had a hard time combating these fast moving forces. Consequently, the knight was born. The knight was expected to fight bravely for his lord, and to be loyal to the king, and queen. Bravery, and loyalty is where chivalry, and the Code of Chivalry first originated.
The Code of Chivalry consisted of:.
(1) To live one's life so that it is worth of respect, and honor by all.
(2) Fair Play:.
(a) Never attack an unarmed foe.
(b) Never charge an unhorsed opponent.
(c) Never attack from behind.
(d) Avoid cheating.
(e) Avoid torture.
(f) Exhibit self discipline.
(g) Show respect to authority.
(h) Obey the law.
(i) Administer justice.
(j) Administer mercy.
(k) Protect the innocent.
(l) Respect women.
a. Exhibit courage in word and deed.
b. Avenge the wronged.
c. Defend the weak and innocent.
d. Fight with honor.
e. Never abandon a friend, ally, or noble cause.
a. Always keeps one's word of honor.
b. Always maintain one's principles.
c. Never betray confidence or comrade .