Teaching With Chivalry Part II: Students and Chivalry

Scott Farrell comments: In this segment, Professor Bellitto discusses: Resources to help students understand what chivalry is, and consider how it was used in medieval society in both an idealistic and a practical sense. Different methods of exploring the ideals of chivalry and knighthood, including oral presentations, debates and an introduction to selected primary source […]

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Wave to the Trash Man

Most people would probably consider a career as a trash truck driver to be the bottom rung on the ladder of humanity, but in reality, it is a noble and respectable profession. Imagine what our streets and homes would look (and smell) like if not for the trash truck drivers of the world. Everyone benefits from the service the garbage collector provides.

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The Seven Knightly Sins

Often we can achieve a deeper understanding of something by examining its opposite. Our knowledge of the traditional “Seven Virtues,” for instance, is expanded by our awareness of the contrary “Seven Deadly Sins.”

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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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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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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 itself seems to be out to get you? Of course you have – we’ve all had them. The question is: How do you deal with […]

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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 of knights and chivalry. At that time I was president of the Southern California chapter of an international living history group dedicated to the Middle […]

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