Chivalry, the chivalric code, is a form of conduct between 1170-1220. It is associated with the medieval Christian institution of Knighthood. Chivalrous social codes governed Knights and gentlemen’s behaviour. Medieval literature popularized the idea of Chivalry. Historia Regum Britanial written in the 1130s wrote of the legendary King Arthur and his Knights of the round table; all taken as historically accurate.
The code of Chivalry in medieval Europe had its roots in earlier centuries. Rising from the Carolingian empire idealizing the cavalryman involving military bravery, individual training and service to others. Especially in France, the horse soldiers of Charlemainges cavalry. The term chivalry, an old French term translated as “horse soldiery,” referring to only horse-mounted men and later became associated with Knightly ideals.
By the late middle ages, this moral system combined a warrior ethos, knightly piety and courtly manners, establishing an ethic of honour and nobility. Since the late medieval period, supporters of Chivalry had written of this actual time in history when men acted according to this code. Many thought the imitation of this behaviour would much improve society.
In his novel Don Quixote, Sir Walter Scott envisioned the restoration of Chivalry. It is a vision of the Golden age. The ideal world spurs the imagination of romance writers and the essential character devoted to women and honour.
The Ten Commandments of Chivalry
1) Thou shalt believe all that the Christian church teaches, and thou shalt observe all its direction
2) Thou shalt defend the truth of the Christian church
3) Thou shalt respect all weakness and shalt constitute thyself as the defender of the weak
4) Thou shalt love and defend the peoples of the country of which thou was born
5) Thou shalt not recoil or shrink back from thine enemy
6) Thou shalt make war against thine enemy without cessation and without mercy
7) Thou shalt perform thy feudal duties in accordance with God’s duty to defend freedom
8) Thou shalt not lie and remain faithful to thy pledged word
9) Thou shalt be generous and give in largess
10) Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of right and good against injustice and evil
The Davidic Ethic
This ethic is the strongest of qualities derived by the clerics from biblical tradition. The Christian-Davidic guardian-protector role was a concept of warrior-leadership articulated by the Frankish church legitimizing rightful authority based on a warrior-headman ethically committed to protecting the weak and helpless. Respectful and providing justice for all. A Christian idealism, no-nonsense, principle-based militant opposition to the encroachments of the cruel and unjust governing authority and individuals wielding power whether in the form of the unruly “black Knight”, “robber baron”, princely magistrates or the necessary overthrow of a monarch who usurped and violated their God-given governance by decreeing and permitting laws initiating tyrannical treatment of subjects.
The ideal enforcer of the Davidic ethic; a warrior as a minister of the common interest and the bondservant of equity. As a public person, he punishes the wrongs and injuries of all in wisdom. His power is exercised against all who harm. Therefore, not without reason, he bears the sword, wherewith he sheds necessary blood blamelessly, without becoming a man of blood and doing justice by putting men to death without incurring the guilt of homicide.
In essence, Chivalry can be classified into primary overlapping areas:
1) Virtues such as mercy, courage, bravery, fairness and protection of the weak and the poor. A servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. This also brings the idea of being willing to lay down one’s life for another
2) Being faithful to God, protecting the innocent and faithfulness to the Holy scriptures
3) A champion of good against evil, generous and in submission to governing authorities in alignment with God’s word
4) Serving all women and children in protection, gentleness and graciousness
I am almighty God. Hear the words of my apostles Peter and John “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him?” Acts 4:19 But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than human authority” Acts 5:29 Men you are to love women and children as Christ loved the church.
History begins with God in the person of Jesus Christ laying down his life to rescue us from evil. Through the ages, the apostles and countless men were willing to lay down their lives for our freedom.
God is calling all men to become warriors for women and children. Will you hear his call or succumb like King Saul because of fear of the authorities?
Only you can answer that call in the face of this present tyranny.
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Sally Darlene Cooper