Chivalry is a code of conduct that developed in the Middle Ages amongst the Knighthood. It was not only a code to follow in combat but one to be adhered to socially. A moral code if you will. If you want to be a nobel man, and emulate the principles of the Knighthood, I suggest you seek to follow it.
Knights were required to face combat bravely in the violent era of the Middle Ages, but to balance this aggressive side of his nature he was expected to adopt the code of Chivalry.
There has never been an “official” code recorded, however it was recorded in the “Song of Roland” which was a song about the 8th Century Knights that fought with Charlemagne and has been called the Code of Charlemagne. The code exemplified in the song are as follows,
To fear God and maintain His Church
To serve the liege lord in valour and faith
To protect the weak and defenceless
To give succour to widows and orphans
To refrain from the wanton giving of offence
To live by honour and for glory
To despise pecuniary reward
To fight for the welfare of all
To obey those placed in authority
To guard the honour of fellow knights
To eschew unfairness, meanness and deceit
To keep faith
At all times to speak the truth
To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun
To respect the honour of women
Never to refuse a challenge from an equal
Never to turn the back upon a foe
The code was also described by the Duke of Burgandy in the 14th century.
Let us try and exemplify these values, and rise above the pettiness of the modern world.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!!!