The Impact of King Arthur and the Chivalric Code Essay

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The Impact of King Arthur and the Chivalric Code Today, many young children when asked who their favorite hero is will tell you many of the super heroes seen on television. Before Superman, Batman and even Spiderman there was the legend of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. The heroic knights and their king’s tales gave western society a great literature that is still well- known today. King Arthur, Guinevere, and Sir Lancelot did not really exist, but the stories of gallant knights in shining armour, elegant women in medieval castles, and the heroic quests for the Holy Grail played a major role in developing and creating the brave courageous superheros that beacame throughout time. King Arthur along with the theme of …show more content…
These tales describe the romantic and gallant knights along with the growth of King Arthur as a heroic figure. (Taylor) Thanks to the early stories, King Arther and the Knights of the round table over time became a well known piece of literature in the western civilizations. The legends spread thorughout time and impacted much of society. The word chivalry is derived from the French 'chevalier' which means 'a man on horseback' but chivalry was used to encapsulate the code of values appropriate to knighthood and if a knight were to stray from these values in any way their behaviors were seen to be unchivalrous. Knights were not only supposed to be strong and brave but also display chivalry. There are many different versions of chivalric code but all focused around a moral system with qualities idealized by Knighthood (“Medieval Code of Chivalry”). In the Song of Roland seventeen codes are described: To fear God and maintain His Church, to serve the liege lord in valour and faith, to protect the weak and defenseless, to give succor to widows and orphans, to refrain from the wanton giving of offence, to live by honor and for glory, to despise

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