Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Knights, Castles & the Code of Chivalry

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Yup. I'm still on my Knight kick when it comes to things to share with my son. I found this cool website which lists the Ten Commandments of the Code of Chivalry. I cannot argue with (most of) them. I think I shall make a large print of them and post them in our home somewhere. Check these out:

Ten Commandments of the Code of Chivalry

I. Thou shalt believe all that the Church teaches, and shalt observe all its directions. (Except I think I'd substitute the word "Church" with "Bible.")

II. Thou shalt defend the Church. (Same.)

III. Thou shalt respect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.

IV. Thou shalt love the country in the which thou wast born.
(Yeah. My brother and sister-in-law are going to go nuts over this one. ;)

V. Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.

VI. Thou shalt make war against the Infidel without cessation, and without mercy. (Hmm. This raises some interesting questions and discussion. I think I'd reword a few things here . . .)

VII. Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they be not contrary to the laws of God.

VIII. Thou shalt never lie, and shall remain faithful to thy pledged word.

IX. Thou shalt be generous, and give largess to everyone.

X. Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the Good against Injustice and Evil.


There are definitely some valid things here, wouldn't you say? I'd like to build a man as honorable as this one who knows what he believes and is willing to stand by his word, defending the weak and respecting all? Not a bad thing, I'd say.

Here is the English Supplement to the Rules of Chivalry which I think I might like even more:


Live to serve King and Country.
Live to defend Crown and Country and all it holds dear.
Live one's life so that it is worthy of respect and honor.
Live for freedom, justice and all that is good.
Never attack an unarmed foe.
Never use a weapon on an opponent not equal to the attack.
Never attack from behind.
Avoid lying to your fellow man.
Avoid cheating.
Avoid torture.
Obey the law of king, country, and chivalry.
Administer justice.
Protect the innocent.
Exhibit self control.
Show respect to authority.
Respect women.
Exhibit Courage in word and deed.
Defend the weak and innocent.
Destroy evil in all of its monstrous forms.
Crush the monsters that steal our land and rob our people.
Fight with honor.
Avenge the wronged.
Never abandon a friend, ally, or noble cause.
Fight for the ideals of king, country, and chivalry.
Die with valor.
Always keep one's word of honor.
Always maintain one's principles.
Never betray a confidence or comrade.
Avoid deception.
Respect life and freedom.
Die with honor.
Exhibit manners.
Be polite and attentive.
Be respectful of host, women, and honor.
Loyalty to country, King, honor, freedom, and the code of chivalry.
Loyalty to one's friends and those who lay their trust in thee.


I have a mighty calling ahead of me in raising boys! But then, they have a mighty high calling also.

Non nobis Domine, Domine
Non nobis Domine
Sed nomini, Sed nomini
Tu o da gloriam

Not unto us, O Lord
Not unto us, O Lord
But to Your name
But to Your name
May all the glory be


ibeeeg said...

Thanks Carrie for posting this! I am going to put this post and the link you mentioned into my bookmarks. I am going to print out the Code of Chivalry once I have a printer in working order.

B said...

I rather like these Ten Commandments of the Code of Chivalry :)

Unknown said...

If we all lived like that our world would be a much better place! Thanks for posting

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