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Chivalry – a set of values which the perfect knight was supposed to respect.
Never attack an unarmed enemy. Code of Chivalry
Never attack from behind. Code of Chivalry
Show self-discipline. Code of Chivalry
Obey the law. Code of Chivalry
Protect the innocent. Code of Chivalry
Avenge the wronged. Code of Chivalry
Defend the weak. Code of Chivalry
Never abandon a friend, an ally or a noble course. Code of Chivalry
Always keep one’s word. Code of Chivalry
Exhibit manners. Code of Chivalry
Be respectful to host, authority and women. Code of Chivalry
Be loyal to God, sovereign, country and the code of chivalry. Code of Chivalry
The cult of ‘courtly love’
Chivalric romance a type of prose narrative describing the adventures of legendary knights, and celebrating an idealized code of chivalry and courtly love. It became popular in Medieval Europe in the 12th century.
The cycle of Arthurian legends
A legend is a story about extraordinary deeds that has been told and retold for generations among a group of people. Some legends are thought to have a historical basis, but may also contain elements of magic and myth.
King Arthur legends are based on a 5th or 6th century Celtic warlord who lived in Wales and led his people to victory against Saxon invaders. The warlord was said to have been fatally wounded in battle and buried in the abbey of Glastonbury, where a gravestone can still be seen bearing his name.
Uther Pendragon, the father of King Arthur
The Sword in the Stone
Crowning King Arthur
The Knights of the Round Table
Sir Lancelot of the Lake
Tristan and Isolde
The Lady of the Lake and Excalibur
The Quest for the Holy Grail
Arthur and Morderd
King Arhtur’s death
Sir Thomas Malory
Sir Thomas Malory (1405?-1471) - knighted in 1441. - elected an MP in 1445. - arrested in 1451 for a variety of criminal acts including brawling, escaping from prison, extorting money, and committing rape. - The book was probably written in prison.
Le Morte D’Arthur -The title was given by the printer William Caxton. -Malory’s work was published in 1485. -
The Winchester Manuscript
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