Chivalry

Camelot The Archetypal Environment
Camelot The Archetypal Environment
Camelot: The Archetypal Environment In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the setting plays an integral role in the meaning of the poem. The three settings are all inseparable from the events which take place there and the manner in which Gawain is affected by the inhabitants. Camelot, Lord Bertilak's castle and the Green Chapel and their characters are considerably distinct from each other, each affecting and appealing to Gawain in a particular way. Because of its many positive qualities and fam
Ceremonies and Duties of a Knight
Ceremonies and Duties of a Knight
Ceremonies and Duties of a Knight Introduction Knights were a important part in medieval times. They were used as protection on the manors to stop invading enemies. The worst hated were the Vikings. Knights did more than just sit around and wait for someone to attack them.The trained for when there was going to be a battle and also taught soon to be knights. They also had tournaments for practice and entertainment. Probably the most common tournament known today is jousting. Jousting is where t
Becoming a Knight
Becoming a Knight
Becoming a Knight During the middle ages, in order to become a knight one had to go through many years of training. A knight-to-be spent at least fourteen years of his life learning the proper conduct and etiquette of knighthood. Once the years of training were completed, often an elaborate ceremony took place when the gentleman was knighted. Once knighted, the man had to live by the code of chivalry. This code had the basic guidelines of a knight's behavior. This code was so respected that abi
Medieval Music
Medieval Music
Medieval Music Music of the Middle Ages made great advancements through the centuries, which many are still evident today. The Christian Church effected the development of music greatly during the middle ages. The first major type of music of this time was chanting. “The early Christians inherited the Jewish chants of synagogues.”(Bishop-324) Chants didn’t have constant rhythm, every note was about the same length. They had only one melody ,usually in the major key of C. All the singers sang th
MIGUEL de CERVANTES
MIGUEL de CERVANTES
MIGUEL de CERVANTES Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, born September 29, 1547, was a Spanish novelist, dramatist, and poet. Cervantes was the author of the novel Don Quixote, a masterpiece of world literature that was a great influence to other renaissance writers. Cervantes was born to a poor family in a town called Alcala de Henares. His father was a surgeon who made little money to support the family . Without the means for much formal education, Cervantes became a soldier. On his return to Spai
The art of literature has long been used as a vehicle for entertaining
The art of literature has long been used as a vehicle for entertaining
The art of literature has long been used as a vehicle for entertaining the masses. However, many stories have another purpose, such as expressing the writer's feelings on social customs from years gone bye or at the time of writing. One vehicle which is often used to attain this goal is satire. Mark Twain's novel, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, is an excellent example of using satire as social commentary(Reis 316). The novel is definitely a commentary on the ideals of King Arthur'
Loyalty courage honor purity and courtesy are all attributes of a knig
Loyalty courage honor purity and courtesy are all attributes of a knig
Loyalty, courage, honor, purity, and courtesy are all attributes of a knight that displays chivalry. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is truly a story of the test of these attributes. In order to have a true test of these attributes, there must first be a knight worthy of being tested, meaning that the knight must possess chivalric attributes to begin with. Sir Gawain is self admittedly not the best knight around. He says I am the weakest, well I know, and of wit feeblest; / and the loss of my
A Comparison of Contemporary and Romance Literature
A Comparison of Contemporary and Romance Literature
A Comparison of Contemporary and Romance Literature Contemporary literature in the form of a short story consists of a plot, characters, point of view, setting, and theme (2). These elements can vary a great deal from one story to the next. An author of a short story also reveals a tone and a mood shown by his or her style of writing. Although romance literature contains the elements mentioned above, they are very different than those in short stories and are somewhat static from one tale to th
British Literature Essay
British Literature Essay
British Literature Essay Death is inevitable and what happens after death will always be a mystery to the living. For this reason, the afterlife has always been a topic which artists have chosen to explore in their works. Throughout the chronology of British literature, artists have used society’s views as a basis to examine the afterlife, and look at it in new ways. The afterlife has been a theme in British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period of Beowulf to the twentieth century writings of
Arthurian Romances
Arthurian Romances
Arthurian Romances The Middle Ages of Europe were governed by a system which is referred to as feudalist. The people of this system flow together well; society in these times require noble people to set the example for the younger. The ranks of the noble include counts, lords, knights, kings,queens,etc. These noblemen can be compared to as dueling politicians; they watch over their communities, keeping everything orderly, and they fend off any attackers trying to besiege land. The peace keeper
Chivalry the order of knighthood and especially the code of knightly b
Chivalry the order of knighthood and especially the code of knightly b
Chivalry, the order of knighthood, and especially, the code of knightly behavior, comes from many origins. In Middle English, the word chevalrie meant mounted horseman. In Old french, the word chevalrie meant knightliness or chevalier meaning knight. (Microft, Encarta) Almost all origins of the word meant horseman. Warfare was not an option in the medieval period and the knight was the most crutial part. The knight's ability, and the military strength of the lord or king were nessesary
Chivalry was a system of ethical ideals developed among the knights of
Chivalry was a system of ethical ideals developed among the knights of
Chivalry was a system of ethical ideals developed among the knights of medieval Europe. Arising out of the feudalism of the period, it combined military virtues with those of Christianity, as epitomized by he Arthurian legend in England and the chansons de geste of medieval France. The word chivalry is derived from the French chevalier, meaning horseman or knight. Chivalry was the code of conduct by which knights were supposedly guided. In addition to military prowess and valor and loyalty to G
Once And Future King Analytical Paper
Once And Future King Analytical Paper
Once And Future King Analytical Paper Sir Lancelot’s intense desire to perform heroic deeds was brought on by his lack of confidence and insecurity. His childhood was spent in seclusion, training for a job desired only to escape the hellish life that his hideous face would otherwise hold in store for him. Lancelot’s adulthood was spent trying to overcompensate for this ugliness by performing Herculean feats and good deeds. And the twilight years of his life were spent in remorse for the bad thi
Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities
Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities
Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities Resurrection is a powerful theme found throughout the plot of A Tale of Two Cities. Many of the characters in the novel are involved with the intertwining themes of love, redemption, and good versus evil. The theme of resurrection involves certain aspects of all of these themes and brings the story together. Dr. Manette is the first person to experience resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities. He is taken away from his pregnant wife and then imprisoned for eigh
In ancient Greek times heroism was much different than it is now Today
In ancient Greek times heroism was much different than it is now Today
In ancient Greek times heroism was much different than it is now. Today, all you have to do to become a hero most of the time is rich, after you do this the media will take it from there. But in the time of the Trojans it took much more, thing's that Achilles thankfully, was very good at or things he thought was important. Achilles was not only a hero physically, but was more importantly, a hero for the Achian army's morale, also his chivalric properties were important with his being a hero. Ph
English Shakespeare October 5 1996
English Shakespeare October 5 1996
English: Shakespeare October, 5 1996 Redemption In Shakespeare's Henry IV, the character Hal, the Prince of Wales, undergoes a transformation that can be characterized as a redemption. Shakespeare introduces Hal, in the opening act as a renegade of the Court. His avoidance of all public responsibility and his affinity for the company of the Boar's Head Tavern, have caused serious concern for the King, because Hal is heir to the throne. The King realizes that to keep order, a ruler and his heir
SYNTHESIS
SYNTHESIS
SYNTHESIS Literature is a diverse and bountiful area of intelligence where many ideas, ideals, and dreams can come about. Writings have come from as far back as the time of Jesus to whatever was produced yesterday. People have written superior works that can inspire, lead, and in the end, produce. Shakespear, Descartes, Voltaire, Shelly, the list goes on. Twenty-eight themes are said to apply to all types of literature. Any one of these themes is said to describe one, some, or all works done in
We all at one point or another dream Imagine you are in another place
We all at one point or another dream Imagine you are in another place
We all at one point or another dream. Imagine you are in another place or a another time, the future maybe, even maybe the past where years, days, centuries, minutes all irrelevant if you have imagination. I now dream of a time and place were men have such things as bravery and honor. I now speak of Camolot. The legendary castle wear Merlin the priest, Merlin the magie, and Merlin the wise is supposed to have lived. I am not the only person to dream this dream, many play writers and actors have
The Theme of FatherSon Relationships in
The Theme of FatherSon Relationships in
The Theme of Father/Son Relationships in Beowulf & The Song of Roland Thomas Lazzaro Professor Fisher Literary Patterns of European Development Paper #1 2/6/97 The representation of father-son type relationships in early Medieval literary works is a key theme early authors used to give their works more depth and meaning. Two works that use the theme of father-son relationships are Beowulf and The Song of Roland. In Beowulf, the relationship between Hrothgar and Beowulf is one in which there is
We live in an age where the brutality and the vigilante justice of the
We live in an age where the brutality and the vigilante justice of the
We live in an age where the brutality and the vigilante justice of the knight errant is no longer acceptable for people with positions of stature in society. While courage and honor are still praised by society, one rarely finds a man true to his word regardless of cost. Chivalry towards ladies is sometimes mistakenly decried by those supporting equality for women. And Courtly love, in it's modern form, is frowned upon. Those who might have a keen sense of justice often have only indirect metho
Arthurian Legend is a group of stories of King Arthur and his Knights
Arthurian Legend is a group of stories of King Arthur and his Knights
Arthurian Legend is a group of stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The legends originated as a collection of folk tales passed down by oral tradition. As the stories spread through Europe different scenes as well as different versions appear in different countries. Consequently some of the stories have minor contradictions with each other. However, even though the story has been modified on several occasions, the same basic stories of adventure, romance, combat, betrayal,
Theme of Beowulf
Theme of Beowulf
Theme of Beowulf The Anglo-Saxons were the members of the Germanic peoples who invaded England, and were there at least the until the time of the Norman Conquest. They were people of their own time, language, and culture. In the Anglo-Saxon adventured filled tale of Beowulf, the hero Beowulf, was considered the modern day superman. His character exemplifies the Germanic hero and consequently the Anglo-Saxon ideal: strong, fearless, bold, loyal, and stoic in his acceptance of fate. With the abse
CHEVALIER
CHEVALIER
CHEVALIER The middle ages is the period between antiquity and the Renaissance, dated between 500 and 1500 A.D. Chivalry was the code of values for the true knight. During these times there were a great number of kingdoms and all of them needed protection, so many men became knights. The word chivalry comes from the French word for knight, chevalier, which comes from the Old French word for militia, chevalerie. Chivalry's best example is a christian knight. Roland from Roland and Arthur from The
Imprisonment
Imprisonment
Imprisonment Abstract Imprisonment rates for women have increased significantly over the past few years. This increase, relative to the trend for male prisoners, has implications relating to the overall rise in prison populations and the subsequent planning issues for prisons. This paper aims to identify the factors that are contributing to this greater increase in the rate for women prisoners (the reference period of 1995 to 2002 indicates a 60% increase in rate per 100,000 population) as compa
Hemmingways The Sun Also Rises
Hemmingways The Sun Also Rises
Hemmingway’s The Sun Also Rises The central theme in Hemingway's works has repeatedly been heroism. Much of what has been read so far does not reflect gruesome death, nor, does it simply transport us into the scheme of the lost generation. His stories have all been essentially the portrayal of a hero; a man (until Brett was introduced) sets the standards for those around him. But most of Hemingway's works do, in fact entail the reality of death. The hero is defined by how he reacts to death, and
The Romantic Age
The Romantic Age
The Romantic Age 1798-1832 - during 1770s, American colonies revolted against British rule - American Revolution divided British public opinion and aroused some awareness of the need for reform - French Revolution demonstrated that is was possible for a long-standing gov’t to be challenged by it’s own soil - French Revolution began on July 14, 1789; group of French citizens stormed the Bastille - Placed limits on the powers of King Louis XVI, established a new gov’t approved a Declaration of the
Courtly Love and Social Institutions
Courtly Love and Social Institutions
Courtly Love and Social Institutions For several thousand years, the world’s wealthy and nobility used marriage as a contract, a method of binding two families together to increase power or money. Only in the last century has that sort of arranged marriage disappeared. During the Middle Ages, arranged marriages were common in every station of life. From princes to weavers to peasant farmers, it was the social norm for two families to arrange a match between their children for the sake of power a
Lancelot
Lancelot
Lancelot Lancelot plays a traditional role in Arthurian legends; however he is a multifaceted character. He is torn between his duty as a knight, his best friend Arthur, his love for Guinevere, and Elaine’s unrequited love for him. In some of these roles Lancelot is seen as the most perfect male figure throughout the legends, however in others, we see his flaws come through. This is seen in the quote: great and guilty love he bare the Queen / In breath with the love he bare his lord In his dutie
Brief History of the English Language
Brief History of the English Language
Brief History of the English Language OLD ENGLISH UNTIL 1066. A BRIEF HISTORY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE Old English (500-1100 AD) Old English Words The Angles came from an angle-shaped land area in contemporary Germany. Their name Angli from the Latin and commonly-spoken, pre-5th Century German mutated into the Old English Engle . Later, Engle changed to Angel-cyn meaning Angle-race by A.D. 1000, changing to Engla-land . Some Old English words which have survived intact include: feet, geese, teeth, me
The Imperfect Man
The Imperfect Man
The Imperfect Man English 12 23 October 1996 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the Arthurian legends. It was translated by Marie Borroff. According to the legends, king Arthur and all his knights were the bravest, the strongest and the most chivalrous in the land. This tale goes on to contradict that theory, by telling the story of one of the knights who not only was a coward but he cheated too. On another level, the legend shows that even the best men in the world are far from perfect.
Morte d Arthur
Morte d Arthur
Morte d’ Arthur In order to create an interesting story, one must combine a number of elements. Those elements should captivate the reader’s attention. Things required to entertain a reader have changed over time. Nowadays, all that is needed is a little lust combined with an impossible actionfilled plot. But in the days of knights and kings; lords and ladies; kings and queens; and honorable battlesrealism, magic, and a touch of religion kept the reader begging for more. Sir Thomas Malory capi
Sir Launcelot Legendary Knight
Sir Launcelot Legendary Knight
Sir Launcelot: Legendary Knight 4th Hour 3/25/03 There are many characterisitics that decscribe a hero, and Sir Launcelot of the King Arthur tales exhibits many of them. Sir Launcelot wasn't merely a hero though, he's become known as a legend. A legend is a story that has been spoken of for decades or even centuries. The stories often include the main character overcoming enormous odds. The original actions may not have been as spectacular as the modern story may lead you to believe, but, were s
During World War One the role of airplanes and how they
During World War One the role of airplanes and how they
During World War One, the role of airplanes and how they were used changed greatly. At first planes were only used for sport, but people started realize that not only could airplanes be useful but they could even influence an outcome of the war greatly. Soon the war was filled with blimps, planes, and tethered balloons. By the end of the war, planes became a symbol of fear, but they were not always treated with such respect. In the time leading up to the war, the general feeling about planes was
Time In The Sound And The Fury
Time In The Sound And The Fury
Time In The Sound And The Fury TIME IN THE SOUND AND THE FURY One of the main realities of human existence is the constant, unceasing passage of time. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner explores this reality of time in many new and unexpected ways as he tells the tragic tail of the Compson family. The Compsons are an old Southern aristocratic family to whom time has not been kind. Years of degeneration mainly stemming from slavery have brought them to the brink of destruction. Most of th
Chivalry  . . . . . . . . . Today
Chivalry . . . . . . . . . Today
Chivalry??. . . . . . . . . Today?? Chivalry is usually known as a moral system or an honor code. It originated in the 12th century when kings ruled the country, as a code to make peace. Now there is no king or queen monarchy, now there�s that wonderful thing that we call the Government. If you were to ask me if chivalry existed today I�d have to say that there are some examples, but there sure aren�t as many as there used to be. Back in the time when King Arthur ruled a lot of the people
Both entertainment and education have been integrals parts of the huma
Both entertainment and education have been integrals parts of the huma
Both entertainment and education have been integrals parts of the human experience since the beginnings of time. Many scholars insist that the two institutions often serve jointly, with entertainers and entertainment serving as a main source of education. There is little argument, then, that in addition to generally appealing to the masses, entertainers have regularly fulfilled the role of a teacher to typically unsuspecting audiences. Entertainers have served as educators throughout history, fr
Women In The Canterbury Tales
Women In The Canterbury Tales
Women In The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer serves as a moral manual for the 1300’s and years after. Through the faults of both men and woman, he shows in each persons story what is right and wrong and how one should live. Under the surface, however, lies a jaded look and woman and how they cause for the downfall of men. “The Knight’s Tale” is one of chivalry and upstanding moral behavior. However, beneath the surface lies the theme of the evil nature of women. Emily p
Throughout 476 AD to 1350 AD the Middle Ages reigned Life was about th
Throughout 476 AD to 1350 AD the Middle Ages reigned Life was about th
Throughout 476 A.D. to 1350 A.D. the Middle Ages reigned. Life was about that one code. The Code of Chivalry. Chivalry, the order of knighthood and especially the code of knightly behavior, was a feature of the High and later Middle Ages in western Europe. In the Middle Ages life was about glory, honor, and those oh so important ten guidelines. Those ten guidelines are: unswerving belief in the church and obedience to her teachings willingly to defend the church, respect, honor and defend the la
King Arthur established a powerful brotherhood The Round Table where t
King Arthur established a powerful brotherhood The Round Table where t
King Arthur established a powerful brotherhood. The Round Table where they meet, it is said that all the chairs were of the same height, to symbolise the equality and comradeship amongst the knights. Originally built for Arthur's father, Uther Pendragon, the Table was passed on to King Leodegrance of Cameliard upon his death. When his daughter Guinevere married, the Round Table came to Arthur as part of her dowry. Adopting a code of chivalry, the knights were required to be more than just brave
It would be obvious to say that society changes over the years Yet as
It would be obvious to say that society changes over the years Yet as
It would be obvious to say that society changes over the years. Yet as the years grow farther apart we tend to forget how those before us lived their lives. These historic ways of life are thankfully preserved in literary works put down and documented centuries before us. The goal of this paper is to examine the extinct life style of chivalry and show how it relates to William Shakespeare's play Hamlet. Specifically The final act and scene. As I began researching chivalry I found that there was
Gawain and Roland
Gawain and Roland
Gawain and Roland In mythological Europe, knightly heroes abounded where ever one could choose to roam. There are hundreds of tales of knights who embodied the concept of chivalry, slew huge dragons, slew legions of foes in single combat, and still made it home in time for dinner. Of all these tales, ballads and poems, a few have risen to the fore front of the genre as an example for the rest of the stories to follow. I will be comparing the positive and negative personality traits of two heroe
Mind your manners Yes my lord To civilize is to Christianize I work an
Mind your manners Yes my lord To civilize is to Christianize I work an
Mind your manners! Yes, my lord. To civilize is to Christianize! I work and I pay, I pray and I pay, I die and I pay. God wills it! Rich and poor alike in the Middle Ages were controlled by five specific institutions: the code of chivalry, the feudal system, Charlemagne, the manorial system and the Catholic Church. To encounter them was inevitable, to avoid them: impossible! Firstly, the code of chivalry was a code of behaviour for the upper class embodying all the qualities and characteristics
The stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table have bee
The stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table have bee
The stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table have been told for many centuries. These tales represent the gold age of chivalry and honor. The knights in these stories never intentionally harm the innocent and almost always obeyed their code of honor. In the story of Gawain and the Green Knight, however, even Gawain violates a few of the rules. I think this story represents the slow demise of chivalry. The first example of the lack of chivalry in the Round Table happens when the
ESSAY
ESSAY
ESSAY Of all the knights of Arthur’s round table, Sir Launcelot is recognized as the greatest that ever lived. In Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, Sir Launcelot has proven himself the most noble and most extraordinary knight of the time of Camelot. Despite his vast acclaim and renowned reputation, certain acts, perhaps in good faith, yet in conflict with the basic political laws of the land, have earned him the second title of traitor. Sir Launcelot was the most respected knight of King Arthur’s cou
If a satire was to be written on Gawain and the Green Knight the satir
If a satire was to be written on Gawain and the Green Knight the satir
If a satire was to be written on “Gawain and the Green Knight,” the satirist would not a have a problem finding faults in the society in which it took place in, and poking fun at those faults. Just like in Don Quixote did, the satirist writing about “Gawain and the Green Knight” would certainly poke fun at the elements of medieval romance. The author of “Gawain and the Green Knight” dramatizes several of these elements. The most obvious of these elements that applies in this story is the elemen
Christine de Pisan was a 20th century woman living in the 15th century
Christine de Pisan was a 20th century woman living in the 15th century
Christine de Pisan was a 20th century woman living in the 15th century. Like many women of today, she incorporated government and political ethics, women’s rights and accomplishments, and religious devotion in her writings. Yet, defying the expectations of her time, Christine was one of the few true feminists before the modern era. Christine de Pisan was born in Venice, Italy in about 1364. Her father was Tomasso di Benvenuto da Pizzano (Thomas de Pisan), a famous physician and astrologer. In 1
By Dwayne Mayor
By Dwayne Mayor
By Dwayne Mayor The Once and Future King is T. H. White's classic and authoritative version of the saga of King Arthur. It is a work composed of five books: The Sword in the Stone, The Queen of Air and Darkness, The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind, and The Book of Merlyn. The first book may be the most well known, its story having been popularized by a Disney animated film, among other things. The last may be the least well known, having been left out of a single edition combining the
The Renaissance period had a great impact in many areas One of the mos
The Renaissance period had a great impact in many areas One of the mos
The Renaissance period had a great impact in many areas. One of the most obvious areas to see is in the Renaissance art. Renaissance art was something new to everyone at the time and varied from previous art in many ways. Renaissance art and Medieval art for example had many differences. In order to see a difference between these two different styles of art, characteristics of each must first be given. The first to be discussed will be the Renaissance. The Italian Renaissance was called the beg
DEFINITION
DEFINITION
DEFINITION Prisoners of War (POW), term used to designate captured members of the armed forces of an enemy, or noncombatants who render them direct service and who have been captured during wartime. Surgeons, chaplains, news correspondents, and hospital attendants of the Red Cross are not included in this category, nor are civilians who are detained and interned in belligerent countries. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries the Red Cross has brought comfort, legal aid, and attention to the pl
Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales written in approximately 1385 is a
Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales written in approximately 1385 is a
Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, written in approximately 1385, is a collection of twenty-four stories ostensibly told by various people who are going on a religious pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral from London, England. During the Middle Ages it was custom for many Christians to go on pilgrimages to perform what they believed was God's work. Canterbury was one of many sites that the pilgrim would go to. Geoffrey Chaucer centers his book The Canterbury Tales around the pilgrims on their w