Although you hear of the "Code of Chivalry"
as though there were one such code for all orders of knights, this was not the
case. Each order had it's own oaths and codes to which its members were to
adhere. However, there was great similarity in the oaths and codes. The
information we present below is true to the spirit of Chivalry as we think of
it: a code of honorable behavior.
These guidelines may come from a time long ago but there is much good advice for those who would strive to knighthood today.
The Code of
according to the Order of the Rose
Thou shalt defend the innocent.
Thou shalt respect all weaknesses and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.
Thou shalt love the country in which thou was born.
Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.
Thou shalt perform scrupulously the feudal duties.
Thou shalt never lie and remain faithful to thy pledged word.
Thou shalt be generous and give largesse to everyone.
Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and Good and the foe of Injustice and Evil.
Here is a second "Code of Chivalry."
Ye Olde Knightly Code of Chivalry
1. Thou shalt believe all thy church teaches and
observe all its directions.
2. Thou shalt defend thy church.
3. Thou shalt defend thy King and Queen unto death.
4. Thou shalt defend thy country against all whom oppose it without cessation and without mercy.
5. Thou shalt defend that of any charge unto death.
6. Thou shalt respect all those whom are weak, the poor and the innocent, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.
7. Thou shalt never lie and remain faithful to thy pledged word.
8. Thou shalt never brandish thy weapon in anger nor for evil purposes.
9. Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feodal duties, if they be not contrary to the laws of god.
10. Thou shalt be everywhere and always thy champion of the Right, the Good and the True, and forever the foe of Injustice, Tyranny and Evil.
11. Thou shalt always fight fair and in an honorable fashion.
12. Thou shalt be generous and give largesse to everyone.
As well as the basic codes and oaths, there were Chivalric guidelines for character and romantic relationships.
Nine Points of Knightly Virtue
Knightly Rules for Chivalrous Love
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