Norm Prowess: To seek excellence in all endeavors expected of a knight, martial and otherwise, seeking strength to be used in the service of justice, rather than in personal aggrandizement.

Justice: Seek always the path of 'right', unencumbered by bias or personal interest. Recognize that the sword of justice can be a terrible thing, so it must be tempered by humanity and mercy. If the 'right' you see rings agrees with others, and you seek it out without bending to the temptation for expediency, then you will earn renown beyond measure.

Loyalty: Be known for unwavering commitment to the people and ideals you choose to live by. There are many places where compromise is expected; loyalty is not amongst them.

Defense: The ideal knight was sworn by oath to defend his liege lord and those who depended upon him. Seek always to defend your nation, your family, and those to whom you believe worthy of loyalty.

Courage: Being a knight often means choosing the more difficult path, the personally expensive one. Be prepared to make personal sacrifices in service of the precepts and people you value. At the same time, a knight should seek wisdom to see that stupidity and courage are cousins. Courage also means taking the side of truth in all matters, rather than seeking the expedient lie. Seek the truth whenever possible, but remember to temper justice with mercy, or the pure truth can bring grief.

Faith: A knight must have faith in his beliefs, for faith roots him and gives hope against the despair that human failings create.

Humility: Value first the contributions of others; do not boast of your own accomplishments, let others do this for you. Tell the deeds of others before your own, according them the renown rightfully earned through virtuous deeds. In this way the office of knighthood is well done and glorified, helping not only the gentle spoken of but also all who call themselves knights.

Largesse: Be generous in so far as your resources allow; largesse used in this way counters gluttony. It also makes the path of mercy easier to discern when a difficult decision of justice is required.

Nobility: Seek great stature of character by holding to the virtues and duties of a knight, realizing that though the ideals cannot be reached, the quality of striving towards them ennobles the spirit, growing the character from dust towards the heavens. Nobility also has the tendency to influence others, offering a compelling example of what can be done in the service of rightness.

Franchise: Seek to emulate everything I have spoken of as sincerely as possible, not for the reason of personal gain but because it is right. Do not restrict your exploration to a small world, but seek to infuse every aspect of your life with these qualities. Should you succeed in even a tiny measure then you will be well remembered for your quality and virtue.
Norm White knight. Shining armour. 011021
Aimee is a concept that is found rarely in modern society.... I wish I could find it more often. As it is I only know one person who truly has the right to claim to be chivalrous and he lives in CA and won't speak to me... I just wish more people would get the hint and realize that chivalry is really worth it. 011022
amaranthus caudatus is largely dead

because so many are so willing to kill it when it pops up, dismissing it with cries of "chauvinism."

such an idea is as foolish as saying that the faithful demean their god with their worship, or that soldiers demean their peers by saluting, or that any other gesture of respect is really a secret form of opression

but it persists in some nonetheless

and so chivalry is largely dead
birdkiller Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong unredressed on earth.
- Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)
Sonya A principle that still lives within the hearts of many people roaming the world today. Chivalry isn't completely lost, but perhaps it's more valid to say it's been almost completely replaced by greed and materialism. Welcome to the tragedy titled: Humankind. 011022
birdmad see: conquerors 011022
shorlove U. Eco 030422
Holden McRauch is frequently an open invitation to being kicked in the balls. 030422
smurfus rex would rather have the code of chivalry posted on classroom walls than the ten commandments 030423
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