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  • Scholars of both literature and social history often dismiss the Code of Chivalry as “simplistic,” saying that the knightly legends of the Middle Ages lack the complexity and nuance that makes other cultures rich and fascinating. Arthurian legends and the historical knights who admired them have even been referred to in academic circles as “juvenile.”

Such criticism makes some people wonder why these legends have endured for so long. If knights in shining armor are so bland, why do they still live on in books and movies today?

    Zen in the Art of Chivalry

    Scholars of both literature and social history often dismiss the Code of Chivalry as “simplistic,” saying that the knightly legends of the Middle Ages lack the complexity and nuance that makes other cultures rich and fascinating. Arthurian legends and the historical knights who admired them have even been referred to in academic circles as “juvenile.” Such criticism makes some people wonder why these legends have endured for so long. If knights in shining armor are so bland, why do they still live on in books and movies today?

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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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  • There was a knight, a most distinguished man
    Who from the day on which he first began
    To ride abroad had followed chivalry,
    Truth, honor, generousness and courtesy.

    Chaucer’s Knightly Virtues

    There was a knight, a most distinguished man Who from the day on which he first began To ride abroad had followed chivalry, Truth, honor, generousness and courtesy.

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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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  • Being someone’s “knight in shining armor” can change your whole outlook Have you ever had one of those days? The kind of days where nothing goes right and the world […]

    No Such Thing As "Chivalry Blues"

    Being someone’s “knight in shining armor” can change your whole outlook Have you ever had one of those days? The kind of days where nothing goes right and the world […]

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  • The knightly code is an ideal way to instill important virtues in growing minds Several years ago, I was asked to speak to a Cub Scout troop about the subject […]

    Chivalry Tomorrow – The Next Generation

    The knightly code is an ideal way to instill important virtues in growing minds Several years ago, I was asked to speak to a Cub Scout troop about the subject […]

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  • It’s odd in this day and age to say that someone is “noble.” We usually say they’re trustworthy or respectable, but we reserve noble as a synonym for rich or […]

    Inspired By Nobility

    It’s odd in this day and age to say that someone is “noble.” We usually say they’re trustworthy or respectable, but we reserve noble as a synonym for rich or […]

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  • I met a man, a man who became a friend of mine. As we began getting better acquainted, we found we shared many common interests. We quickly realized we were […]

    A Knight’s Journey

    I met a man, a man who became a friend of mine. As we began getting better acquainted, we found we shared many common interests. We quickly realized we were […]

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  • The chivalric romances of old always featured a mighty knight or warrior as their protagonist. In “The Lord of the Rings,” however, the hero is a hobbit — a humble, even timid character who has no love of glory, and who would rather enjoy a bountiful breakfast than go on an epic quest.

    Frodo and Courage

    The chivalric romances of old always featured a mighty knight or warrior as their protagonist. In “The Lord of the Rings,” however, the hero is a hobbit — a humble, even timid character who has no love of glory, and who would rather enjoy a bountiful breakfast than go on an epic quest.

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  • Although the story of “The Lord of the Rings” may seem simple on its surface, there is, in fact, a great deal of complexity in the story. The Ring of Power, which is at the heart of the story’s conflict, has an effect on every character who comes into contact with it.

    The Ring and the Knightly Virtues

    Although the story of “The Lord of the Rings” may seem simple on its surface, there is, in fact, a great deal of complexity in the story. The Ring of Power, which is at the heart of the story’s conflict, has an effect on every character who comes into contact with it.

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