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  • But why do warriors need a code that ties their hands and limits their options? Why should a warrior culture want to restrict the actions of its members and require them to commit to lofty ideals?

    Why Do Warriors Need A Code?

    But why do warriors need a code that ties their hands and limits their options? Why should a warrior culture want to restrict the actions of its members and require them to commit to lofty ideals?

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  • Whatever you put out in this world comes back to you tenfold. It may not come back in the same form you sent it, but the universe will surely reciprocate, in some shape or form, in this lifetime or the next.

    Be Happy – Choose Generosity

    Whatever you put out in this world comes back to you tenfold. It may not come back in the same form you sent it, but the universe will surely reciprocate, in some shape or form, in this lifetime or the next.

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  • In a world where marriage was primarily a means of establishing geographic or economic bonds between two clans, chivalry helped to tear down the centuries-old social customs that made wives little more than property and husbands political pawns.

    Joseph Campbell on Chivalry: Part 1

    In a world where marriage was primarily a means of establishing geographic or economic bonds between two clans, chivalry helped to tear down the centuries-old social customs that made wives little more than property and husbands political pawns.

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  • So, if the Code of Chivalry was such a radical departure from the traditional gender roles of the Middle Ages, why does the mention of “chivalry” cause men and women who believe in “gender equality” to grind their teeth? Why are the genteel attitudes of chivalry seen by so many people as demeaning towards women?

    Joseph Campbell on Chivalry: Part 2

    So, if the Code of Chivalry was such a radical departure from the traditional gender roles of the Middle Ages, why does the mention of “chivalry” cause men and women who believe in “gender equality” to grind their teeth? Why are the genteel attitudes of chivalry seen by so many people as demeaning towards women?

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  • To see the real place of female characters in Arthurian literature we must look beyond the gender-biased affectations of the 19th century. Women in medieval literature played an active and integral part in the development of the Code of Chivalry. Certainly, Guinevere, Isoud, Elaine and the other ladies of Arthurian legend didn’t put on armor and ride into battle, but neither did they sit quietly on the sidelines.

    Women’s Roles Part 1: History’s Women of Chivalry

    To see the real place of female characters in Arthurian literature we must look beyond the gender-biased affectations of the 19th century. Women in medieval literature played an active and integral part in the development of the Code of Chivalry. Certainly, Guinevere, Isoud, Elaine and the other ladies of Arthurian legend didn’t put on armor and ride into battle, but neither did they sit quietly on the sidelines.

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  •   Today, movies, television and novels have replaced bards and jongleurs telling knightly tales by the fireside. Yet just like those chivalric stories of the Middle Ages, today’s entertainment media […]

    Women’s Roles Part 2: Chivalry & Today’s Heroic Lady Role Models

      Today, movies, television and novels have replaced bards and jongleurs telling knightly tales by the fireside. Yet just like those chivalric stories of the Middle Ages, today’s entertainment media […]

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  • My son has connected me to my country in a way that I was too selfish and insular to experience before. I feel closer to the waitress at our local diner than to some of my oldest friends. She has two sons in the Corps. They are facing the same dangers as my boy. When the guy who fixes my car asks me how John is doing, I know he means it. His younger brother is in the Navy.

    My Heart on the Line

    My son has connected me to my country in a way that I was too selfish and insular to experience before. I feel closer to the waitress at our local diner than to some of my oldest friends. She has two sons in the Corps. They are facing the same dangers as my boy. When the guy who fixes my car asks me how John is doing, I know he means it. His younger brother is in the Navy.

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  • A poetic expression of integrity, strength and honor.  Chivalry Is... A kind word to a stranger,
A smile for those in need, Sincerity in every action, Both in word and deed.

    The Meaning of Chivalry

    A poetic expression of integrity, strength and honor. Chivalry Is... A kind word to a stranger, A smile for those in need, Sincerity in every action, Both in word and deed.

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  • Knight Vision

    "For me," he says, "chivalry is embodied in someone who recognizes that courage and strength are different from aggression or personal achievement."

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  • Lewis believed that without the knight, we have two types of people: those who are fierce in battle but cannot be gentle elsewhere, and those who are gentle in their real lives, but completely useless. The knight is the person who can be both fierce and gentle, but such behavior is learned.

    C.S. Lewis: A Pioneer of Chivalry Today

    Lewis believed that without the knight, we have two types of people: those who are fierce in battle but cannot be gentle elsewhere, and those who are gentle in their real lives, but completely useless. The knight is the person who can be both fierce and gentle, but such behavior is learned.

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