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Konrad von Limpurg as a knight being armed by his lady in the Codex Manesse (early 14th century)

Chivalry, or the chivalric code, is a code of conduct associated with the medieval institution of knighthood which developed between 1170 and 1220.

The code of chivalry that developed in medieval Europe had its roots in earlier centuries. It arose from the idealisation of the early medieval synthesis of Germanic and Roman martial traditions —involving military bravery, individual training, and service to others—especially in Francia, among horse soldiers in Charlemagne's cavalry.<ref name="gautier2">{{#invoke:Footnotes | harvard_core }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:Footnotes | harvard_core }}</ref> The term chivalry derives from the Old French term chevalerie, which can be translated to "horse soldiery".Unknown extension tag "ref" Gautier states that knighthood emerged from the Teutonic forests and was nurtured into civilization and chivalry by the Catholic Church.<ref name="harvp|Crouch|2005|p=12">{{#invoke:Footnotes | harvard_core }}</ref>

Over time, its meaning has been refined to emphasise social and moral virtues more generally. And the Code of Chivalry, as it stood by the Late Middle Ages, was a moral system which combined a warrior ethos, knightly piety, and courtly manners, all conspiring to establish a notion of honour and nobility.Unknown extension tag "ref"


Chivalry sections
Intro  Terminology and definitions  Literary chivalry and historical reality  History   Criticism of chivalry   See also  Notes  References  Further reading  External links  

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