“Thou shalt believe all that the Church teaches, and shalt observe all its directions, Thou shalt defend the Church, 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 make war against the Infidel without cessation, and without mercy, Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they be not contrary to the laws of God, Thou shalt never lie, and shall remain faithful to thy pledged word, Thou shalt be generous, and give largess to everyone, Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the Good against Injustice and Evil.” (Gautier's Chivalry 2) Truth, honor, generousness and courtesy are some models of how a Knight should act. Chivalry is a quality, which is resulted in the following short stories: “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”, “The Wife of Bath” and “Le Morte D’Arthur.” All these short stories show the true meaning of chivalry by truth, honor, generosity, and courtesy.
To begin In “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” Sir Gawain is presented as a noble knight, who is the perfect example of chivalry; He is loyal, honest above all, and respectful. He is the perfect knight. When Arthur's court was challenged by the Green Knight, Gawain all alone offered to take the cup from Arthur's hands. He showed pride and courage greater than everyone else, for coming forward. Another thing Sir Gawain does is fighting the Green Knight, he didn’t want to behead the Green Knight but he did. By doing that and standing up by himself shows chivalry. Here is a quote of his chivalric actions; “There knights fought in tournament again and again, Jousting most gallantly, these valiant men, Then rode to the court for dancing and song. For there the festival lasted the whole fifteen days with all the feasting and merry-making that could be devised” (Sir 41) this shows chivalry because Sir Gawain was never a coward and...
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