Chivalry (Old English Translation)
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
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
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.
A knight must have faith in his beliefs, for
faith roots him and gives hope against the despair that human failings
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.
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